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: September 23, 2022
All scheduled 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
Open year-round.

OPEN
June 19 - September 24
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Beginning September 25
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).

OPEN - Lower level only.
Second floor exhibits remain closed.
September 12 - September 24
10:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon-Thurs
9:30 am - 6:00 pm Fri-Sat-Sun
September 25 - October 10
10:00 am - 4:30 pm daily
After October 10
10:00 am - 4:30 pm weekends & holidays only

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
Restrooms are still available in the Ohanapecosh Campground.

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

CLOSED for the season
Restrooms are still available until the road closes for the season.

 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

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

May 27 - October 10
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
Wilderness permits issued at the Longmire Musuem prior to May 27.

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

May 27 - 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.
Generally open year-round.

June 1 - October 10
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
October 11 - TBD
8:30 am - 4:00 pm every other Tuesday, closed alternate Tuesdays (open Oct 11, closed Oct 18, etc)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Wed - Sat
Closed Sun-Mon, alternate Tuesdays. Self-register for wilderness permits when ranger station is closed.

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 register at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center or self-register at the Old Paradise Ranger Station.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN
Expected to close for the season October 10.

Ohanapecosh

OPEN
Expected to close for the season October 10.

White River

OPEN
Expected to close for the season September 26.

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

 

PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

OPEN
Expected to close for the season October 11.

Paradise

OPEN with occasional temporary closures for utility work.
Expected to close for the season October 24.

Box Canyon

OPEN
Expected to close for the season October 17.

NOTE: Stevens Canyon Road is closed between Stevens Creek and Box Canyon starting at 6:00 am each Monday through 8:00 pm each Thursday, July 18 - Sept 29. During the weekly closures, Box Canyon is only accessible from the east side (SR123/Stevens Canyon Entrance). Check the Stevens Canyon Road Rehabilitation Project page for updates and detour maps.

Ohanapecosh Campground

OPEN
Expected to close for the season October 10.

 

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
Dining Room Hours:

Breakfast

Grab & go options daily

Lunch

11:30 am - 3:00 pm Fri-Sun
11:30 am - 3:00 pm Mon-Thurs, menu take-out only

Dinner

4:00 pm - 7:45 pm Fri-Sat
4:00 pm - 6:45 pm Sun
4:00 pm - 6:45 pm Mon-Thurs, menu take out only

Front Desk

7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily, with grab & go selections in the lobby

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.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

OPEN
September 6 - October 10
11:00 am - 4:15 pm daily

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

OPEN
August 10 - October 2
October 2 last night for guest lodging. Closed for the season October 3.

Dining Room

Breakfast & lunch not available.
Dinner 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm daily with reservations available at front desk.

Tatoosh Inn Cafe - Located inside the Paradise Inn.

6:30 am - 7:15 pm daily grab & go options
October 3: 7:30 am - 11:00 am then closed for the season.

Gift Shop - Located inside the Paradise Inn.

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Wed-Sun, closed Mon-Tues.
October 3: 8:00 am - 11:00 am then 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: September 23, 2022

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55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford , WA 98304

Phone:

360 569-2211

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