Operating Hours & Seasons

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year. Visitation is at its peak in July and August, when the weather is warm and dry and the wildflowers are blooming. If you are planning a summer trip to Mount Rainier, consider visiting mid-week, which is generally less crowded. Parking is limited in many areas of the park. Wait times at the Nisqually and White River Entrances can be up to an hour on the very busiest summer weekends and holidays. Entering the park before 10:00 am or after 2:30 pm can help avoid delays when visitation is heavy.

In spring, with ephemeral waterfalls and in autumn, with brilliant colors reaching deep into the valleys, visitors can enjoy a more leisurely vacation in the park. During these seasons, weather may determine the availability of facilities in certain areas of the park. Before making any plans check the current status of roads, campgrounds, trails, and activities.

Vehicle access to Mount Rainier in the winter is only available from the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park on the way to Paradise. The Carbon River Entrance is open but the road within the park boundary is limited to foot and bicycle traffic. Check the road status webpage or at MountRainierNPS on Twitter prior to coming to the park as road conditions are subject to change (Twitter account not required to view).


Information and operating hours for visitor centers, wilderness information centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, lodging and food are located below. Other important topics to consider when planning your trip are: road status, trail conditions, climbing permits, weather, and wilderness permits.


 

Last Updated: June 20, 2016
All scheduled opening dates are weather dependent.

VISITOR CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION
Call the park at 1-360-569-2211 to confirm road and facility status or check the website for current information.

Longmire Museum
(360) 569-6575

June 17 - June 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

July 1 - October 10
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily


Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise
(360) 569-6571
Open year-round, but weekends only in winter (generally October-May).

June 17 - October 10
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

Note: The Jackson Visitor Center gift/book shop and food service closes 15 minutes before the building.

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
(360) 569-6581
Generally open late May through early October.

June 22 - June 30
9:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

July 1 - September 18
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Sunrise Visitor Center
(360) 663-2425
Generally open July through early September.


July 1 - September 18
9:00 am - 6:00 pm daily



 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

May 27 - October 10
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

May 24 - October 10
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

Located on the Carbon River Road 5.5 miles east of the Mowich Lake (SR165) junction.

May 27 - June 30
Call for hours

July 1 - September 5
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon - Thurs
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Fri- Sun

The road is open to the park entrance. The road is closed to vehicles beyond the entrance. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is permitted beyond the entrance.

Paradise Climbing Information Center (CIC)/Guide House
(360) 569-6641

May 20 - September 5
7:00 am - 4:30 pm daily
Closed 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm daily

During winter months climbers self-register at the Paradise Ranger Station.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN

Ohanapecosh

OPEN

White River

OPEN

 

PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN

Paradise

OPEN

Box Canyon

OPEN

Ohanapecosh Campground

OPEN

 

FOOD & LODGING

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open: all year

Open Year-round

Hotel Front Desk:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

Dining Room:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Mon - Fri
7:00 am - 8:00 pm weekends & holidays
Longmire General Store
Adjacent to National Park Inn.
Gifts & basic groceries. Firewood sales (summer only). Snowshoe rentals (winter only).
Generally open: all year

Open Year-round

June 11 - September 4
9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop
in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

June 13 - September 5
10:00 am - 6:45 pm

Paradise Inn
Lodging, dining & gifts.
Generally open: May through September

June 13 - September 5
Front Desk: Open 24 hours daily
Dining Room
Breakfast: 7:00 am - 9:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tatoosh Cafe
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Gift Shop
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sunrise Day Lodge
No overnight facilities.
Food & gifts.
Generally open: early July to early September


July 1 - September 5
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Firewood Sales
Available during the summer at Longmire General Store and Cougar Rock Campground.

More information on dining in the park
More information on lodging in the park

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211
Callers to this general park line can choose from a menu that includes recorded information as well as opportunities to talk to a ranger at one of the park's administration or visitor centers. Rangers are only available to answer calls during business hours.

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