Permits & Reservations


Special Use Permits
Mount Rainier National Park, a recognizable national landmark with inspiring vistas and natural settings, is an ideal spot for a variety of special activities. Most special events and activities held within Mount Rainier National Park require a Special Use Permit. These permits are issued and approved only after National Park Service staff determine that the activity will not impair park values, resources, and visitor enjoyment.

A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest.

Please allow four weeks for the processing of permit applications.

Please read this legal notice regarding payment of fees by check.

For information on Special Use Permits or to email in your application, please contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator at For Fee Waiver inquiries contact Applications accepted by email ONLY; no fax or mail-in applications.

Activities and events that require Special Use Permits include:

A trail bridge crosses a stream, the trail leading into forest, while the top of Mount Rainier can be glimpsed through a gap in the trees.
The High Lakes Trail is one of many trails near the Paradise area, and connects to the Wonderland Trail.

NPS Photo

Reservations and Other Permits

Wilderness Permit
A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping and climbing in the wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park.

Climbing Permit
A climbing permit is required for anyone who plans to climb above 10,000 feet or onto any glaciers, and all climbers must pay a Climbing Cost Recovery Fee. If you will be camping overnight as part of your climbing trip, you will also need a Wilderness Permit.


Scientific Research & Collecting Permit
A research permit is required to conduct research, including social science studies, in the park.


Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks - Reservations for Groups
Organized groups can make reservations for ranger-guided snowshoe walks in the winter months at Paradise. Typically reservations are accepted beginning in November for walks that will take place January-March. Snowshoe walks are just one of a variety of winter recreational activities available at Mount Rainier.


Learn more about camping reservations, regulations, and fees.

Last updated: February 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304


(360) 569-2211

Contact Us