Timed Entry Reservations FAQs

 
 

Overview of Timed Entry Reservations

Do I need a reservation to visit to Mount Rainier National Park?

Yes, most visitors will need a timed entry reservation to visit Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 2024.

Reservations are needed to enter the Paradise Corridor (entering through the Nisqually Entrance or through the Stevens Canyon Entrance) and to enter the Sunrise Corridor (entering through the White River Entrance).

  • Paradise Corridor Timed Entry Reservations are required May 24, 2024, through September 2, 2024, from 7 am until 3 pm.
  • Sunrise Corridor Timed Entry Reservations are required July 4, 2024, through September 2, 2024, from 7 am until 3 pm.

There are some exceptions:

  • If you enter the park by vehicle before May 24, 2024, or after September 2, 2024, you do not need a reservation.
  • Between May 24 and September 2, if you enter the park by vehicle before 7 am or after 3 pm, you do not need a reservation.
  • If you have in-park reservations for lodging at the Paradise Inn or National Park Inn or for camping at Cougar Rock or White River Campgrounds, an additional timed entry reservation is not required, but you can enter the park any time after 1 pm the first day of your reservation, and then throughout your stay.
  • If you are on foot or riding a bike.
  • Other permit holders may enter the park without reservations as outlined in their wilderness permit, special use permit, research permit or commercial use authorization.

Timed entry reservations do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

What does “timed entry” mean?

  • “Timed entry” means a reservation to enter the park during a designated time period. A predetermined number of reservations are available for each time slot. The time slots are in two-hour increments, for example: 7 am-9 am, 9 am-11 am, 11 am-1 pm, and 1 pm-3 pm.

  • Each reservation is for arrival within the two-hour window listed on the reservation.

  • Vehicles may enter the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors before 7 am and after 3 pm without a timed entry reservation. However, the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle (valid for seven days) is required for all vehicles entering the park, regardless of the time of day. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

Do I still have to pay a park entry fee?

Yes, a timed entry reservation does not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle. Mount Rainier and national passes (such as America the Beautiful) also cover park entry fees. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

Why are you starting this timed entry system?

  • Mount Rainier’s visitation has grown from about 1.1 million in 2013 to about 1.6 million people in 2022, so the park is more crowded. Summer visitors visiting at peak times often wait between one and three hours to move through the entrance stations, and parking is frequently difficult at Paradise, Sunrise, and other locations. Visitors avoiding crowded trails trample fragile meadow plants, causing meadow “scars” that take decades to heal. Local residents with property near the park entrances were frequently blocked from their driveways by long lines of idling cars.
  • In an effort to mitigate this situation, the park is testing timed entry reservations as a potential management strategy to address these issues. A set number of reservations are available for each timed entry slot. The system is designed to disperse visitors more evenly throughout the day and across the park. Our expectation is that a reservation system will reduce crowding by shifting some visitation to traditionally lesser-used days or times. 
  • The timed entry reservation system pilot is projected to reduce wait times at entrance stations, reduce road and trail congestion, reduce impacts to fragile subalpine meadows, and improve parking options at popular destinations such as Paradise and Sunrise. This will lead to a better visitor experience – more time in the park, less time in cars waiting in line or searching for parking. 

Hasn’t the park been developing a Visitor Use Management Plan? What is the status of that planning effort and how does this timed entry pilot fit in?

  • Since 2019, the park has been engaged in a visitor use management planning effort focused on the Nisqually-Paradise Corridor. A draft plan and environmental assessment was provided for public review and comment in 2023. The draft plan included reservation systems as a potential strategy to address visitor experience, congestion, and resource concerns. We are still evaluating public comments on that plan. The 2024 pilot is intended to test the use of a timed entry reservation system prior to making a long term decision for the Nisqually to Paradise Corridor Management Plan. You can learn more about the plan on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.
  • We have decided to pilot, or test, a timed entry reservation system to help inform future visitor use management decisions.

How long will this pilot program last?

  • This pilot will run May 24, 2024 through September 2, 2024 and will be used to help inform future decision-making.

How can I get more information on this process?

What number should I call for assistance regarding timed entry reservations?

  • Reservations can only be made online at Recreation.gov, or by calling the Recreation.gov reservation line at 877-444-6777 between 7 am and 9 pm Pacific Time (when calling, select the option for "tours or timed tickets" to reach an agent). Do not call Mount Rainier National Park to make reservations.
  • You may send an email with questions about timed entry to: MORA_Timed_Entry@nps.gov however reservations cannot be made through this email account. Timed entry reservations may only be made online at Recreation.gov.
  • You may call 360-569-6249 with your questions regarding timed entry.

I plan to visit Mount Rainier National Park in summer 2025. Will I need a timed entry reservation then?

  • The 2024 timed entry reservation system is a pilot, and the results of the 2024 pilot will be evaluated to help the park understand if the reservation system helped the park achieved management objectives. No decisions will be made for timed entry reservations in future years until such an evaluation is complete.

I want to visit the park in October 2024. Will I have to purchase a timed entry reservation?

  • No.

I want to visit Mount Rainier National Park during the winter of 2024/2025. Will I need to purchase a timed entry reservation?

  • No.

 

How to get a Timed Entry Reservation

How much do reservations cost and how do I make them?

  • Reservations are made through Recreation.gov and will cost $2 each.
  • We anticipate advance reservations to sell out, especially on weekends. In advance of the release time slot, be sure you have a Recreation.gov account already, and be logged in at the time of release to speed up the checkout process.
  • Additional reservations will be made available each evening for the next day to provide an opportunity for people who did not make an advance reservation.
  • Reservations can only be made online at Recreation.gov, or by calling the Recreation.gov reservation line at 877-444-6777 from 7 am - 9 pm Pacific Time (PT). Do not call Mount Rainier National Park to make reservations.
  • Making the reservation online is faster than through the phone. There are no additional permits available by calling the reservation line.

How far in advance of my visit can I make a timed entry reservation?

There are two reservation booking windows: 90 days in advance or 7 pm Pacific Time the day prior to your visit.

  • Primary Booking Window: Timed Entry Reservations will be available in block releases 90 days in advance at 8 am Pacific Time (PT).

  • Secondary Booking Window: Timed entry reservations will also be available at 7 pm PT the day before arrival date. For example, reservations will be released at 7 pm PT on June 1 for a timed entry slot on June 2.

Release schedule for Paradise Corridor (Nisqually & Stevens Canyon Entrances)

Timed Entry Reservations:

  • Arriving between May 24 – June 30, 2024:
    • Advance Reservations go on sale at 8 am PT on February 21, 2024.
    • Day Before Reservations go on sale at 7 pm PT the night before intended arrival.
  • Arriving between July 1 – July 31, 2024:
    • Advance Reservations go on sale at 8 am PT on April 1, 2024.
    • Day Before Reservations at 7 pm PT the night before intended arrival.
  • Arriving between August 1 – September 2, 2024:
    • Advance Reservations go on sale at 8 am PT on May 1, 2024.
    • Day Before Reservations go on sale at 7 pm PT the night before intended arrival.

Release schedule for Sunrise Corridor (White River Entrance)

Timed Entry Reservations:

  • Arriving between July 4 – July 31, 2024:
    • Advance Reservations go on sale at 8 am PT April 1, 2024.
    • Day Before Reservations go on sale at 7 pm PT the night before intended arrival.
  • Arriving between August 1 – September 2, 2024:
    • Advance Reservations go on sale at 8 am PT May 1, 2024.
    • Day Before Reservations go on sale at 7 pm PT the night before intended arrival.

The date I want to select shows up as “unavailable”, what does that mean?

  • The date is not yet in the reservation release window.

Are timed entry reservations good for more than one day?

  • No. Each reservation allows one private vehicle to enter either the Sunrise Corridor or the Paradise Corridor during a particular time slot. Reservations are good for a two-hour entry window between 7 am and 3 pm, so a person with a reservation for 9 am could enter between 9 am and 11 am. Visitors who would like to visit for two or more days will need to reserve a timed entry slot for each day, or may choose to visit the park before the reservation period starts for the day at 7 am or after the reservation period ends for the day at 3 pm.

How many days does the park entry fee cover?

  • Seven days.

If I want to visit the park on multiple days this summer, do I have to make a timed entry reservation for each day?

  • Yes, if you wish to enter the Paradise or Sunrise Corridors between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm.
  • Visitors arriving at the park before 7 am or after 3 pm do not need to make a timed entry reservation, however entrance fees apply to every vehicle entering the park, regardless of the arrival time. The standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, is valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

I’m riding a bike into the park. Do I need a reservation?

  • No, the timed entry reservations are only for personal vehicles, including motorcycles. Bicyclists do not need a timed entry reservation but must still pay the park entrance fee ($15) or have a park pass. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

I’m not sure when I will arrive; can I make more than one timed entry reservation per day?

  • Visitors can make up to one timed entry reservation per day for each Corridor for a possible total of two reservations a day (one per Corridor). Each timed entry reservation secures entry for visitors to arrive anytime within a two-hour time block. Visitors may reserve one timed entry reservation for a two-hour time block between the hours of 7 am and 3 pm for entering the Paradise Corridor and one timed entry reservation for entering the Sunrise Corridor each day. Entry to the park before 7 am or after 3 pm does not require a timed entry reservation.

Can I pay cash for a timed entry reservation?

  • No, reservations can be made only on-line through Recreation.gov using a credit or debit card or through the Recreation.gov mobile app, or by calling the Recreation.gov reservation line at 877-444-6777. Do not call Mount Rainier National Park to make reservations.
  • Mount Rainier entry fees (separate from a timed entry reservation) can be purchased from vendors outside the park with cash; only cashless transactions may be made at entrance stations: Cashless Fee Collection FAQs.

If someone is a no show, will their time slot be available for me to reserve?

  • No. The system on Recreation.gov can only track cancellations. However, if someone cancels their timed entry reservation it will be available again on Recreation.gov instantaneously.
  • No show or cancelled reservations will not be available at the entrance stations. All reservations must be obtained through Recreation.gov.
  • We will be adjusting available reservation pools to account for no show rates as these become better understood throughout the pilot.
  • A portion of available reservations for each day are made available in advance, and additional reservations are made available for each day the night before.

I am traveling in a group arriving in multiple vehicles/motorcycles. Must each driver secure a timed entry reservation? What if only one of us does?

  • Yes, every private vehicle and motorcycle entering the Paradise and Sunrise corridors from 7 am to 3 pm must have their own timed entry reservation. One reservation will not get in multiple vehicles.
  • Each vehicle needs only one reservation. The individual who holds the reservation must be in the vehicle (photo ID required) but does not have to be the driver.
  • Timed entry reservations do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

Is there public transportation I can take to avoid the reservation system?

  • No, there are no public transportation services to Mount Rainier National Park.

  • A variety of private businesses offer commercial tours of the park for visitors who prefer a guided experience.

I have an annual or lifetime pass (including the America the Beautiful Interagency Pass/Access Pass/Military Pass/Fourth Grade Pass) that gives me free entrance. Do I need a reservation?

  • Yes, these passes only cover the entrance fee so you will still need a timed entry reservation.

I am a Commercial Tour Operator driving clients into the park and not guiding them more than one mile. Do I need a timed entry reservation?

  • No, as a commercial operator your trip is exempt from the 2024 pilot timed entry reservation system. Entrance fees to the park are still required. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

I am no longer available for my reservation, can I transfer it to a friend/family member?

  • Tickets cannot be sold, auctioned, or transferred. 

What is the cancellation window? Will I get my full refund?

  • The $2 reservation fee is non-refundable under all circumstances. Please cancel your reservation if you do not plan on using it. 

Are there protections against bots or automated programs making timed entry reservations?

  • Recreation.gov has multiple defenses in place to detect, prevent, and mitigate bots that attempt to take advantage of the system or make reservations. While there is no credible evidence that bots are actively securing reservations, the Regreation.gov security team takes continuous measures to block bots across the platform. These defense tactics include preventing a single user or location from completing multiple transactions or prohibiting users from making more than a set number of reservation requests in a defined time period. Recreation.gov takes every action to maintain the integrity of the system for all visitors and staff by constantly introducing new defenses to prevent the latest bot tactics and integrating industry-leading bot defense technologies.
 
Simplified map of Mount Rainier National Park with two sets of roads highlighted: 1) Paradise Corridor from Nisqually to Stevens Canyon Entrances on the south side of the park and 2) Sunrise corridor in the northeast corner of the park off of SR410.
There are two timed entry reservation corridors in the park: 1) Paradise Corridor on the south side of the park from Nisqually Entrance to Stevens Canyon Entrance, and 2) Sunrise Corridor via the White River Entrance in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.

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Timed Entry Reservation Corridors

Is one timed entry reservation good for all areas of Mount Rainier NP?

  • No. There are separate reservations, one for the Paradise Corridor (entering through the Nisqually Entrance or through the Stevens Canyon entrance) and one for the Sunrise Corridor (entering through the White River Entrance). These two corridors are the only areas of the park which require a timed entry reservation.
  • No reservation is required to enter the Carbon River, Mowich Lake, SR123 or SR410 corridors within the park outside of the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors.

Does one timed entry reservation cover both the Paradise Corridor and the Sunrise Corridor?

  • No. There are separate timed entry reservation requirements for each corridor. Making a timed entry reservation for the Paradise Corridor does not provide entry into the Sunrise Corridor, and making a timed entry reservation for the Sunrise Corridor does not provide entry into the Paradise Corridor.

  • The Paradise Corridor timed entry reservation can be used at both the Nisqually and Stevens Canyon park entrance stations.

  • The Sunrise Corridor timed entry reservation can be used only at the White River park entrance station.

How do I know if I should make a timed entry reservation for the Paradise Corridor or the Sunrise Corridor? What locations do the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors include?

 
Simplified map of the southern half of Mount Rainier National Park showing a road that starts from the Nisqually Entrance in the southwest corner that connects up to Paradise than travels east across the park to the Stevens Canyon Entrance off of SR123.
The Paradise Corridor spans the southern side of Mount Rainier National Park from the Nisqually Entrance to Stevens Canyon Entrance. The corridor includes the Nisqually-Paradise Road and Stevens Canyon Road.

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Paradise Corridor

The “Paradise Corridor” timed entry reservation, includes vehicle access to the Nisqually-Paradise corridor on the west from the Nisqually Entrance off State Route 706, through Longmire, and to Paradise, as well as Stevens Canyon Road going east to the Stevens Canyon Entrance off State Route 123. Timed entry reservations are required beginning May 24 through September 2, 2024

 
Simplified map of the White River Entrance of Mount Rainier with the road connecting to White River Campground and then Sunrise.
The Sunrise Corridor is in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park off of SR410. The timed entry reservation corridor starts at the White River Entrance and connects to Sunrise.

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Sunrise Corridor

The “Sunrise Corridor” timed entry reservation, includes all vehicle access to the White River-Sunrise corridor, beginning at the White River entrance off State Route 410 to the road end at Sunrise from July 4 through September 2, 2024.

 

Can I get two reservations for the same day, one for Paradise Corridor and another for the Sunrise Corridor?

  • Yes, however it can be challenging to visit both Paradise and Sunrise in the same day if you also plan to do any day hikes. If you choose to do this, we strongly suggest you have an early reservation for one location, and a mid-late afternoon location for the other.
  • It is about a two-hour drive between Paradise and Sunrise.
  • You may also consider accessing one of the corridors after the reservation period for the day ends at 3 pm.

Will Stevens Canyon Road be open during the summer of 2024?

  • Yes, Stevens Canyon Road is scheduled to reopen in summer 2024.

Will there be any park construction projects that will affect how long it takes me to drive through the park?

  • There are no major park construction projects planned during the summer of 2024, however unanticipated road closures due to rockfall, weather, or other events are always a possibility. To find out more about the status of park roads, please visit the Road Status webpage.

 

Using a Timed Entry Reservation

How do I activate my timed entry reservation?

  • The Paradise Corridor reservation can only be scanned at either the Nisqually Entrance east of the town of Ashford (southwest corner of park, off of State Route 706), or the Stevens Canyon Entrance north of the town of Packwood (southeast corner of park, off of State Route 123).
  • The Sunrise Corridor reservation can only be scanned at the White River Entrance (northeast corner of park, off of State Route 410) past the towns of Greenwater and Enumclaw.
  • The reservation must be activated by being scanned at an entrance station within the reservation time slot. If the reservation is not activated, it is canceled and cannot be used for entry at a later time, even if the late arrival is on the same day.
  • We suggest visitors print their reservation or save a digital copy in their phone. There is no cell service at the entrance stations, so you will not be able to pull it up online. (Consider taking a screen shot of your reservation and save the screen shot in your photo library for easy retrieval when your phone is out of range of cell service.)
  • If you have one permit but arrive at the other location, for example you reserved a Paradise Corridor but try to use it at the White River Entrance as a Sunrise Corridor permit, you will not be allowed entry. However, all vehicles will be allowed entry after the reservation window expires for the day at 3 pm.
  • Timed entry reservations do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

If I arrive on my timed entry reservation effective date, but before my reservation time, will I be able to access the park early?

  • No. Timed entry reservation holders cannot enter before their arrival time slot window. If you arrive in advance of your reservation, you will not be able to enter early.
  • However, anyone can enter prior to 7 am without a reservation.

If I arrive on my timed entry reservation effective date, but after my reservation time, will I be allowed to access the park late?

  • No. Timed entry reservation holders cannot arrive after their reservation window.
  • However, the timed entry window expires at 3 pm, meaning anyone without a reservation of any kind is allowed entry at that time.

If I am in line at the entrance station within my reservation time slot, but the line is too long so I end up getting to the ranger in the booth after my time slot ends, will I be denied entry?

  • One intended outcome of this pilot timed entry reservation system is to reduce wait times at entrance stations. While you may experience slight delays at the entrance station, we do not anticipate the entrance lines to impede on arriving within your timed entry reservation window.

I am traveling in a group arriving in multiple vehicles/motorcycles. Must each driver secure a reservation? What if only one of us does?

  • Yes, every private vehicle entering the park from 7 am to 3 pm must have their own timed entry reservation. One reservation will not get in multiple vehicles.
  • Each vehicle needs only one reservation. The individual who holds the reservation must be in the vehicle (photo ID required) but does not have to be the driver.
  • However, the timed entry window expires at 3 pm, meaning anyone without a reservation of any kind is allowed entry at that time.

Can I enter during my timed entry time slot window, exit the park, then return at a later time?

  • Yes, you may exit and reenter the same corridor. You may not use it to enter the other reservation corridor. (For example, you can enter the Paradise Corridor during your timed entry reservation slot, then exit the park and reenter the Paradise Corridor later the same day using the same reservation. However, you may not use your Paradise Corridor reservation to access the Sunrise Corridor, and vice versa.)
  • The timed entry window expires at 3 pm, meaning anyone without a reservation of any kind is allowed entry at that time. Timed entry reservations do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fees & Passes webpage.

My reservation is on my phone; is that a problem?

  • The entrance areas do not have cell service, so we recommend that you either print your reservation or store it in a way that it can be retrieved without cell service. (Consider taking a screen shot of your reservation and save the screen shot in your photo library for easy retrieval when your phone is out of range of cell service.)

 

Visit the Park without a Timed Entry Reservation

What areas of the park are open without the timed entry reservation?

  • Ohanapecosh, Carbon River & Mowich Lake, State Route 123, and State Route 410 are areas within Mount Rainier National Park boundaries that will remain outside the timed entry zones, meaning they are accessible without a reservation all day. Also, before 7 am and after 3 pm timed entry reservations are not needed in either the Paradise or Sunrise Corridors (however, a park entrance fee is still required.) The standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, is valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit Fees & Passes webpage.
  • Locations outside of timed entry reservation corridors may be a good option for spontaneous visits. However, parking at locations like trailheads is limited, although spaces typically open up throughout the day. Please have an alternate destination in mind if your first option is crowded and parking is unavailable. The northern latitudes of the Pacific Northwest benefit from long daylight hours in the summer months; consider visiting later in the day. Popular locations like Paradise and Sunrise can be visited without a timed entry reservation after 3 pm.

Do I need a reservation if I plan to arrive before 7 am or after 3 pm?

  • No, a timed entry reservation is not required if entering the Paradise or Sunrise corridors before 7 am or after 3 pm.

  • Entrance fees or passes are still required for all vehicles entering the park.

  • If you enter before 7 am, you can remain in the park during the timed entry reservation window. If you leave the park during this time, you would not be able to re-enter the Paradise or Sunrise corridors before 3 pm without a timed entry reservation.

  • If you are planning to arrive after 3 pm to enter the Paradise or Sunrise corridors without a timed entry reservation, please do not arrive early at the Nisqually, Stevens Canyon, or White River Entrance. Do not try to arrive early. Included below are suggested times to help manage the timing of your trip to the park. Please do not block access to driveways or roads on your trip to the park.

  • White River Entrance, Sunrise Corridor:

  • via State Route 410, leave Enumclaw no earlier than 2:15 pm, or Naches no earlier than 1:45 pm

  • Via State Route 123, leave Packwood no earlier than 2:20 pm

  • Stevens Canyon Entrance, Paradise Corridor:

  • Via State Route 410, leave Enumclaw no earlier than 1:55 pm

  • Via US 12, leave Packwood no earlier than 2:45 pm

  • Nisqually Entrance, Paradise Corridor:

  • Via State Route 706, leave Ashford no earlier than 2:35 pm

I’m riding a bike into the park. Do I need a reservation?

  • No, the timed entry reservations are only for personal vehicles, including motorcycles.

 

Visit with Other Reservations & Permits

If I have a hotel reservation at the Paradise Inn or National Park Inn do I need a timed entry reservation? What information do I need to provide to the ranger at the entrance station to prove I can enter without a timed entry reservation?

  • No, you do not need a timed entry reservation for the Paradise Corridor if you already have an in-park hotel reservation (Paradise Inn or National Park Inn). You are eligible to enter the park by showing a digital or printed copy of your reservation to the ranger at the Nisqually or Stevens Canyon entrance stations. You may enter the park without a timed entry reservation anytime after 1 pm on the first day of your reservation.
  • Paradise Inn and National Park Inn reservations do not provide access to the Sunrise Corridor. There are no lodging options within the park along the Sunrise Corridor.

If I have a camping reservation for Cougar Rock Campground, do I need a timed entry reservation for the Paradise Corridor or is that included in my camping reservation?

  • No, you do not need a timed entry reservation if you have a camping reservation for Cougar Rock Campground. You may enter the Paradise Corridor from the Nisqually Entrance or the Stevens Canyon entrance anytime after 1 pm on the first day of your reservation and then throughout your stay. Be prepared to provide a copy of your campground reservation at the entrance station to gain access to the park. Rangers at the entrance station will be unable to look up your camping reservation for you.
  • Cougar Rock Campground reservations do not provide access to the Sunrise Corridor.

What if I want to get a first-come, first-served permit at Cougar Rock Campground?

  • In addition to reservations, some campsites at Cougar Rock Campground are available on first-come, first-served basis.
  • If you don't have a Cougar Rock Campground reservation, a timed entry reservation for the Paradise Corridor is required to access the Cougar Rock Campground, during the hours of 7 am – 3 pm, May 24 through September 2.
  • Availability of first-come, first served campsites with a timed entry reservation is not guaranteed.
  • Visitors can also enter the Paradise Corridor before 7 am or after 3 pm without a timed entry reservation.

Once I have obtained a Cougar Rock Campground site, can I exit and reenter the park?

  • Yes, you are able to exit and reenter the Paradise Corridor with a valid Cougar Rock Campground permit, either as an advanced reservation or as a first-come, first-served permit, throughout your stay.

  • A Cougar Rock Campground permit secures a campsite, but your campground permit at Cougar Rock will not provide access to the Sunrise Corridor. If you wish to visit sites within the Sunrise Corridor, please make a timed entry reservation or time your visit for either before 7 am or after 3 pm, when timed entry reservations are not required.

I have a reservation for Ohanapecosh Campground, do I need a timed entry reservation for Paradise Corridor or Sunrise Corridor or is that included in my camping reservation?

  • Ohanapecosh Campground is located outside of both the Paradise Corridor and the Sunrise Corridor. An Ohanapecosh Campground reservation secures a campsite, but your campground reservation at Ohanapecosh will not provide access to either the Paradise Corridor or the Sunrise Corridor. If you wish to visit sites within the Paradise or Sunrise Corridors, please make a timed entry reservation or time your visit for either before 7 am or after 3 pm, when timed entry reservations to enter the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors are not required.
  • The standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle (valid for seven days) is required for all vehicles entering the park, regardless of the time of day. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fee & Passes webpage.

Is White River Campground on a camping reservation system, or is it still a first-come, first-served campground?

  • White River Campground is not on a camping reservation system. Visitors may choose a site based on first-come, first-served availability of camping sites.

How do I get a site at the White River Campground, if it is on a first-come, first-served basis?

  • A timed entry reservation for the Sunrise Corridor is required to access the White River Campground, during the hours of 7 am – 3 pm, July 3 through September 2.
  • Availability of first-come, first served campsites with a timed entry reservation is not guaranteed.
  • Visitors can also enter the Sunrise Corridor before 7 am or after 3 pm without a timed entry reservation.

Once I have obtained a White River Campground site, can I exit and reenter the park?

  • Yes, you are able to exit and reenter the Sunrise Corridor with a valid White River Campground permit throughout your stay.

  • A White River Campground permit secures a campsite, but your campground permit at White River will not provide access to the Paradise Corridor. If you wish to visit sites within the Paradise Corridor, please make a timed entry reservation or time your visit for either before 7 am or after 3 pm, when timed entry reservations are not required.

We have a campground reservation at Cougar Rock Campground but will be arriving at different times in separate vehicles. Do I also need a timed entry reservation if the campground reservation holder is not in my vehicle?

  • No, the campground reservation covers all guests for individual sites and group sites. For individual campground sites, up to six individuals and two cars are covered. For group campground sites, individuals up to the group site limit (varies for each site) and five cars are covered. The campground reservation holder will need to provide you their reservation and a photocopy of their photo ID with the name that matches the reservation.
  • Campground reservations do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fee & Passes webpage.

If I have a wilderness camping permit, climbing permit, or special use permit can I enter the park without a timed entry reservation? What information do I need to provide to the ranger at the entrance station to prove I can enter the park without a timed entry reservation?

  • Yes, you may enter the park with a valid wilderness camping permit, climbing permit, or special use permit for the dates, times, and location your permit is valid. Please bring a copy of your valid permit or reservation, either printed out or saved to your mobile device along with a photo ID when entering the park.
  • Permits do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fee & Passes webpage.

We have a wilderness camping permit, climbing permit, or special use permit but will be arriving in separate vehicles. Do I also need a timed entry reservation if the permit holder is not in my vehicle?

  • No, wilderness camping, climbing, or special use permits covers all guests included in the permit. The permit holder will need to provide a copy of their permit or reservation and a photocopy of their photo ID with the name that matches the permit to use when entering the park.
  • Permits do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fee & Passes webpage.

I want to pick up my reserved Wilderness Permit or drop off a resupply for my Wonderland Trail backpacking trip - do I need a timed entry reservation to come into the park before my trip start date to obtain my permit or make supply drop offs?

  • No, a timed entry reservation permit is not needed if you have a current wilderness permit. Previously reserved wilderness permits can be picked up at the Wilderness Information Center and resupply caches dropped on the day before starting your trip or the day of your trip. Please show your wilderness permit along with a photo ID at the entrance gate.

How can I get a walk-up backcountry/climbing permit? Do I need to get a timed entry reservation?

  • We will continue to provide walk up (first-come, first-served) wilderness and climbing permits. The best approach is to enter the park before 7 am and wait for the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) to open at 7:30 am. Visitors may also enter after the timed-entry period ends at 3 pm and proceed to the WIC. A limited number of timed-entry exceptions will be allowed each day for visitors hoping to obtain walk-up permits.
  • More information is on the Wilderness Permit webpage.

I will be joining someone on the Wonderland Trail for part of their trip but not the beginning. Do I need a timed entry reservation in order to get into the park to join them partway through the trip?

  • The wilderness permit holder will need to provide you their permit information and a photocopy of their Driver’s license with the name that matches the reservation. If you do not have this, you will need a timed entry reservation to enter the Paradise or Sunrise corridors between 7 am and 3 pm.
  • Wilderness permits do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. For more information on entrance fees, visit the Fee & Passes webpage.

 

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Timed Entry Reservations

Timed entrance reservations are required from May 24-Sept 2, 2024, to enter the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors between 7:00 am-3:00 pm.

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Fees, Passes & Permits

Find out about entrance fees, passes, and special use permits.

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Places to Go

Planning your visit? From subalpine meadows to old-growth forest, the park has areas to explore in every season.

Last updated: April 12, 2024

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