Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. The park protects 922,651 acres, encompassing three distinctly different ecosystems: rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coast, and magnificent old-growth temperate rain forest.
These three ecosystems contain a unique array of habitats and life forms resulting from thousands of years of geographic isolation and extreme gradients of elevation, temperature, and precipitation.
Learn more about the natural world of Olympic National Park below.
The park is home to hundreds of animals, from mollusks to mammals.
More than 1,100 species of plants live in Olympic's meadows and forests.
Learn more about the fascinating geology of Olympic National Park.
Olympic National Park’s forested ecosystems would be nothing like they are today without fungi. Learn more here!
Rain, snow, wind, waves, and sun shape Olympic's life and landscapes.
Natural Features & Ecosystems
Explore Olympic's rivers, lakes, waterfalls, forests, glaciers, and Pacific coast.
Fires occur naturally here, despite high precipitation.
Last updated: October 17, 2022