Mount Rainier: Off the Beaten Path
Planning your visit but don't know where to go? Scroll through this story map to get a preview of some places to go in the park. For the best viewing experience, click "View full screen" at the bottom of the window.
Mount Rainier National Park encompasses 235,625 acres or 368 square miles. Of that amount, 228,480 acres (97% of the park) has been designated by Congress as wilderness. The park's National Historic Landmark District includes 2.7% of the park. The park has over 260 miles of maintained trails and 147 miles of roads. Many roads and facilities in the park are only open seasonally. Make sure to check Hours of Operation, Road Status and Maps before planning your visit to the park. The park has five developed areas, with three visitor centers, a museum, and several wilderness and climbing centers and ranger stations. There are three main drive-in campgrounds, and two inns that provide lodging within the park. Where do you want to go?
Stay in one of the park's historic inns.
Camp in one of the park's three drive-in campgrounds.
Only a small part of the park can be reached by vehicles. Explore the rest through hiking and wilderness camping.
Carbon River & Mowich
Stroll through the temperate rain forests of Carbon River or visit the park's largest lake at Mowich.
Feel the spray of waterfalls and the calm of the old growth forests at Ohanapecosh.
Last updated: May 3, 2023