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Timed Entry Reservations at Mount Rainier

A simplified map of Mount Rainier with the two timed entry reservation corridors.
Timed entry reservations are required to enter the Paradise and Sunrise Corridors in summer 2024.

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Quick Facts

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.

What You Need

  • May 24 through September 2  timed entry reservations are required to enter the Paradise Corridor on the south side of the park from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • July 3 through September 2  timed entry reservations are required to enter the Sunrise Corridor on the northeast side of the park from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Visitors entering the park in a vehicle or on a motorcycle in one of these areas during these dates need two things: 
    1. A timed entry reservation OR service reservation (lodgingcampingwilderness permit, etc.), AND
    2. Park Entrance Fee OR valid Park Pass (Annual, Senior, Military, etc.). See the FAQ page for details.
  • The park is open 24/7 and visitors may enter timed entry reservation areas before 7:00 am or after 3:00 pm without a reservation. 

Already booked a reservation or permit?

  • Visitors with reservations at the National Park Inn in Longmire, Paradise Inn, or Cougar Rock Campground within the Paradise Corridor can use proof of their reservation for entry after 1:00 pm on the day of their reservation instead of using a timed entry reservation to gain access to the Paradise Corridor. See the FAQ page for details.
  • Visitors who acquire a first-come first-served permit at White River Campground within the Sunrise Corridor can use their camping permit instead of using a timed entry reservation to gain access to the Sunrise Corridor. See the FAQ page for details.
  • Visitors with Wilderness Permits or Special Use Permits can use their permits instead of using a timed entry reservation to gain access to the associated corridor of their permit. Check your permit carefully for instructions for your specific permit; access varies. See the FAQ page for details.

Timed Entry Reservation Release Dates

A portion of timed entry reservations will be available 90 days or approximately three months in advance in blocks:

Paradise Corridor

Booking window opens for advance reservations
(Reservations open at 8:00 am PT.)

Reservation Date Range
(Reserve a permit for dates in this period.)

February 21, 2024

May 24 – June 30, 2024

April 1, 2024

July 1 – July 31, 2024

May 1, 2024

August 1 – September 2, 2024

 

Sunrise Corridor

Booking window opens for advance reservations
(Reservations open at 8:00 am PT.)

Reservation Date Range
(Reserve a permit for dates in this period.)

April 1, 2024

July 3 – July 31, 2024

May 1, 2024

August 1 – September 2, 2024

 

  • Next day timed entry reservations will be available at 7:00 pm Pacific Time (PT) for next-day entry starting on May 24, 2024, for the Paradise Corridor and July 3, 2024, for the Sunrise Corridor on a daily rolling basis.
  • Timed entry reservations can only be booked on Recreation.gov.

Timed Entry Reservation Areas

In 2024, 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. Please see the details of each area below. Maps of the timed entry reservation corridors are available in the photo gallery or on the main timed entry webpage

Paradise Corridor Timed Entry Reservations

Valid 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.The Paradise Corridor Timed Entry Reservation works for BOTH the Nisqually Entrance and the Stevens Canyon Entrance.

Sunrise Corridor Timed Entry Reservations

Valid for 1 day. Required for each vehicle going through the White River Entrance, July 3 through September 2, 2024, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
 

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:

Mount Rainier National Park

Last updated: January 25, 2024