Mount Rainier National Park has experienced an approximate 40% increase in visitation over the last 10 years, leading to overcrowding during the summer and damage to fragile ecosystems. In 2024, Mount Rainier National Park will implement a pilot timed entry reservation system to improve the visitor experience to the park by reducing wait times, congestion, and resource impacts on trails caused by overcrowding.
A timed entry reservation is required for two areas of the park: (1) Paradise Corridor coming from the southwest (near Ashford, WA) or southeast (near Packwood, WA), and (2) Sunrise Corridor coming from the northeast (via Enumclaw, WA) from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Each corridor requires a separate vehicle reservation. Timed entry reservations are for good a single day, per vehicle, and are required in addition to an entrance fee or park pass.
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Timed Entry Reservation Release Dates
A portion of timed entry reservations will be available 90 days or approximately three months in advance in blocks:
Timed Entry Reservation Areas
In 2024, a timed entry reservation is required for two areas of the park: (1) Paradise Corridor in the south from the Nisqually Entrance (near Ashford, WA) to the Stevens Canyon Entrance (near Packwood, WA), and (2) Sunrise Corridor in the northeast (south of Enumclaw, WA) from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Each corridor requires a separate vehicle reservation. Please see the details of each area below.
Paradise Corridor Timed Entry ReservationsValid for 1 day. Required for each vehicle going through the Nisqually Entrance AND the Stevens Canyon Entrance, May 24 through September 2, 2024, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Located in the southwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park near Ashford, WA, the Nisqually Entrance is the oldest and most popular entrance to the park. It is open year-round, providing access to Longmire and Paradise. The section of road between Longmire and Paradise closes nightly during the winter. Typically 24-hour summer access to Paradise starts in late April to early May, depending on weather. Check alerts and road status for current conditions of the Nisqually-Paradise Road.
Stevens Canyon Entrance
Stevens Canyon Entrance is located along SR123 near Ohanapecosh and Packwood, WA, in the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park. Stevens Canyon Road is the only east-west road in the park, connecting from Ohanapecosh in the east to the Paradise Road in the west. Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter from SR123 to the junction with the Paradise Road. Typically, Stevens Canyon reopens for the summer in mid-May, depending on weather. Check road status for current conditions of the Stevens Canyon Road. Note that Stevens Canyon Road has two tunnels, height limit 12' 6".
Recreation along the Paradise Corridor
The Paradise Corridor offers many opportunities for adventure. Scenic destinations and amenities along the Nisqually-Paradise Road include:
Along Stevens Canyon Road, destinations include:
Sunrise Corridor Timed Entry ReservationsValid for 1 day. Required for each vehicle going through the White River Entrance, July 4 through September 2, 2024, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Reserve on Recreation.gov.
White River Entrance
In the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the White River Entrance is located along SR410 which connects from Enumclaw, WA, in the north to Yakima, WA, to the east. From the entrance, the White River Road travels west to the White River Campground. Branching off White River Road, the Sunrise Road climbs up the slopes of Mount Rainier to Sunrise at 6,400 feet. Both roads close for the winter, with the Sunrise Road typically reopening for the summer in early July, depending on weather. Check road status for current conditions of the White River and Sunrise Roads.
Recreation along the Sunrise Corridor
The White River and Sunrise Roads provide access to many opportunities for recreation from low elevation forests to subalpine meadows. Scenic destinations and amenities along the corridor include:
Explore without a Timed Entry Reservation
ALL areas of the park require a park entrance fee or park pass to enter. Timed entry reservations are only required between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm to enter the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors. Outside of that period, visitors can enter without a timed entry reservation. Some areas of the park do not require a timed entry reservation at any time. These are:
Frequently Asked Questions
The Timed Entry Reservations FAQs page provides additional details about the reservation program.
Need directions to get to different park entrances? Also includes information on driving times to park locations.
Last updated: February 29, 2024