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: May 22, 2017
All scheduled opening dates are weather dependent. Spring opening has begun at Mount Rainier!

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

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

May 31 - June 13
Closed

June 14 - June 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).

May 6 - June 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

June 17 - July 1
10:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

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

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

Opening June 23
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

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

Opening July 1
 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650

Opening May 26
May 26 - October 9

7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670

Opening May 26
May 26 - October 9

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.

May 1 - June 30
7:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

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

May 20 - September 5
7:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
Closed 12:00 - 12:30

The CIC will be closed on May 25th and May 26th.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Open May 26 - October 9

Ohanapecosh

OPEN for the season

Open May 19 - October 9

White River

CLOSED for the season

Open June 23 - September 25

 

PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season
Open May 26 - October 9

Paradise

CLOSED for the season
Open June 16 - October 16

Box Canyon

CLOSED for the season
Open May 26 - October 30

Ohanapecosh Campground

CLOSED for the season
Open May 26 - October 9

 

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

April 1 - June 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

June 10 - September 3
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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.

May 6 - June 16
10:00 am - 4:45 pm daily

June 17 - September 4
10:00 am - 6:45 pm daily

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

CLOSED for the season

Open May 24 - October 2

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

CLOSED for the season
June 30 - September 4

10:00 am - 7pm daily

September 9 - 14
11:00 am - 4:00 pm weekends only
Firewood Sales Available during the summer at Longmire General Store and Cougar Rock Campground.

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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