Operating Hours & Seasons

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year, 24 hours a day. 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: January 30, 2023
All scheduled dates are weather dependent.


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.

September 25 - Spring
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily
Wilderness permits available until 4:00 pm.

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).

November 29 - Spring
10:00 am - 3:15 pm Saturdays and Sundays only, road conditions permitting
Lower level only. Second floor exhibits remain closed.

NOTE: The Paradise Plaza Restrooms are open 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 for the season

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

CLOSED for the season




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

February 3 - Spring
9:00 am-4:00 pm Friday-Sunday

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

CLOSED for the season

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.

November 1 - Spring
8:30 am - 4:00 pm daily

NOTE: Visitors to the Carbon River area should be prepared to navigate around road and trail washouts.

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

CLOSED for the season.
Climbers can self-register at the Old Paradise Ranger Station.




Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season


CLOSED for the season

White River

CLOSED for the season

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




Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season


CLOSED for the season

Box Canyon

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh Campground

CLOSED for the season




National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open year-round.
360-569-2275 or

Dining Room Hours:

Breakfast: 7:30 am - 11:00 am daily
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm daily
Dinner: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Sun-Thurs, 4:30 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

9:00 am - 6:00 pm daily

Winter Ski Season Early Hours (approx Nov-April)
8:30 am - 6:00 pm weekends & holidays

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays only, road conditions permitting
NOTE: Depends on Paradise Road opening for the day. Check @MountRainierNPS on Twitter for daily road status updates.

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

CLOSED for the season

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

CLOSED for the season

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: January 30, 2023

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Ashford , WA 98304


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