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. Plan ahead and follow these tips to avoid summer traffic.

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: March 27, 2017
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

January 1 - April 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

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

January 1 - April 30
10:00 am - 4:15 pm weekends and holidays

NOTE: Snowplay/sledding at Paradise has ended for the season.

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

CLOSED for the season

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

CLOSED for the season
 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

CLOSED for the season

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

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.

Call for hours

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

CLOSED for the season

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

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh

CLOSED for the season

White River

CLOSED for the season

 

PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Paradise

CLOSED for the season

Box Canyon

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh Campground

CLOSED for the season

 

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

January 1 - April 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Ski season, weekend & holiday hours
8:30 am - 6:00 pm weekends & holidays

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

January 1 - April 30
11:00 am - 4:00 pm weekends & holidays

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

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 and Cougar Rock Campground.

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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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