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, 2020
All scheduled opening 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, ranger stations, and wilderness information 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 outdoor information stations near the museum.

NOTE: The Longmire Plaza Comfort Station is closed for a much-needed remodel, utility upgrade, and to address accessibility issues. 3 portable restrooms, two standard and one accesible, are located under the Service Station roof as replacement restrooms until work is completed.

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. Look for rangers at outdoor information stations near the visitor center.

NOTE: Restrooms in the vestibule are open, along with the Paradise Plaza Restrooms 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 outdoor information stations near the visitor center.

NOTE: Restrooms next to the visitor center are open.

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

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen. Look for rangers at outdoor information stations near the visitor center.

NOTE: Restrooms next to the visitor center are open.

 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

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

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen.

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

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen.

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.

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

Paradise Ranger Station

Backcountry & climbing permits, information.

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen.

Paradise Wilderness Information Center / Guide House
(360) 569-6641
Generally open late May through early September.

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN

NOTE: Significant numbers of trees in Cougar Rock were affected by a combination of pine bark beetle infestations and winter storms. The sites in A, B, C and D loops that are not affected by hazard trees are open to visitors with reserved sites. Loops E and F will remain closed to overnight camping until hazard tree assessments and mitigations are completed. Visitors whose sites are affected will receive notification if their reservation must be canceled. See campground page for more information.

Ohanapecosh

OPEN

NOTE: The sites in A through E loops that are not affected by hazard trees are open to visitors with previously reserved sites. G Loop is partially open with some sites still being assessed for hazard trees. Loops F and H remain closed while hazard tree assessments and mitigations are completed. Visitors whose sites are affected will receive notification if their reservation must be canceled. See campground page for more information.

White River

OPEN for day use only

NOTE: The White River Campground will remain closed to overnight camping until hazard tree assessments and mitigations are completed. The campground will remain open to day use only.

 

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

OPEN for overnight guests.
Hot food to go available through the dining room.

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.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm weekdays
11:00 am - 5:00 pm weekends

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

CLOSED until facilities can safely reopen.

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

CLOSED for the 2020 season.

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

OPEN
Gifts and grab & go food options available.

10:00 am - 6:00 pm daily

Firewood Sales Available during the summer at Longmire General Store.

More information on dining in the park
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Last updated: July 9, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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