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 over 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. Plan ahead and follow these tips to avoid summer congestion.

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 (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: July 9, 2021
All scheduled dates are weather dependent.
NOTE: Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, visitor centers parkwide are expected to remain closed until they can safely reopen. Look for rangers at outdoor information stations near visitor centers. More information on the Alerts page or visit the COVID-19 Visitor Guide for Healthy Access.

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
Open year-round.

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen. Look for rangers at information stations near the museum 9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily.

NOTE: The Longmire Plaza Comfort Station restrooms are open.

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

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen. No access to the lobby and exhibits. Look for rangers at information stations near the visitor center 9:30 am - 6:30 pm daily.

NOTE: Restrooms in the vestibule are open (weekends & holidays only), along with the Paradise Plaza Restrooms (24 hours daily) located adjacent from the visitor center on the north side of the upper parking lot. Learn more about the Paradise area on the Paradise Visitor Guide page.

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
(360) 569-6581
Generally open late June through mid September.

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen. Look for rangers at information stations near the visitor center 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Wed - Sun. When rangers are not present, self-orientation information is available.

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

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen. Look for rangers at information stations near the visitor center 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily.

 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650
Generally open late May through mid October.

OPEN
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily with limited capacity (trip leaders and named permit holders).

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670
Generally open late May through mid October.

OPEN
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily with limited capacity (trip leaders and named permit holders).

Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

Located on the Carbon River Road 5.5 miles east of the Mowich Lake (SR165) junction.
Generally open year-round.

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen.
Rangers available to assist with registration for wilderness camping permits & information daily 7:30 am - 5:00 pm.

NOTE: The road is closed to vehicles beyond the entrance. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic is permitted beyond the entrance.

Paradise Wilderness Information Center / Guide House
(360) 569-6641
Backcountry & climbing permits, information.
Generally open late May through early September.

OPEN
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily with limited capacity (trip leaders and named permit holders).

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN

Ohanapecosh

OPEN

White River

OPEN

NOTE: See the campground page for details on open/closed loops and other campground updates.

 

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 year-round.
Reservations:
360-569-2275 or
mtrainierguestservices.com

OPEN
Hot food to go available through the dining room.

Dining Room Hours (to go only):
Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:30 am daily
Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm daily
Dinner 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sun-Thurs; 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fri-Sat
Front Desk 7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

Longmire General Store
Adjacent to National Park Inn.
Gifts & basic groceries. Firewood sales (summer only). Snowshoe rentals (winter only).
Generally open year-round

OPEN
Gifts and grab & go food options available.

June 19 - September 5
9:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

Open July 10
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Wed-Sun
One-way traffic, entering through the Tatoosh (south) side of the building, and exiting on the mountain (north) side. Grab and go prepared food, limited to-go hot foods, bottled beverages, and retail.

Paradise Inn
Lodging, dining & gifts.
Generally open May through September
Reservations: 1-855-755-2275 or
mtrainierguestservices.com

OPEN
May 22 - October 4

Tatoosh Cafe
7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily
Gift Shop
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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

OPEN
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Fri-Tues
Gifts and grab & go food options available.

Firewood Sales

Available during the summer at Longmire General Store.

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

Last updated: July 9, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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