Temporary Closure of Park Facilities and Roads
Last Updated: 5/21/20
May 21, 2020 Update:
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has opened State Routes 410 and 123 between Enumclaw and Packwood, to include Cayuse Pass. Visitors can now access the trailheads along these roads and hike in the park. Park with care in designated roadside parking areas. SR410 East over Chinook Pass (to Yakima) remains closed. Visitors can access the Ohanapecosh area for walk-in day use recreation. Visitors should expect limited restroom facilities and be prepared to pack out their trash. Visitors are encouraged to #Recreate Responsibly.
Some park roads, parking areas and trailheads (including the Nisqually Entrance, Paradise and Longmire areas) remain closed to private vehicles. The park is planning for access to Longmire and Paradise to be restored through the Nisqually Entrance when Washington State moves to Phase Two, which is expected in early June.
The park will continue to evaluate updated health guidance and will reopen to vehicles in a phased approach when it is safe to do so. The safety of our park visitors, employees and partners remains Mount Rainier National Park's top priority.
Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the following facilities and services are suspended until further notice:
Updates to this temporary closure will be posted here and on Twitter @MountRainierNPS.
People visiting the park’s backcountry during this pandemic should adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, visitors should practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe. Visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan. Consider learning CPR and basic wilderness first aid, especially if you are planning to hike in the backcountry.
Visitors can call our information line at (360) 569-2211 with questions or for help with planning future trips or email.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that you take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.
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Laws and Policies
Please note several laws and policies relating to Mount Rainier National Park that may affect your visit. The full park compendium is available on the park management page.
This restriction is to protect the public from hazards and preserve the park's natural, aesthetic, and scenic values. The use of unmanned aircraft devices, such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones, has the potential to interfere with public safety by posing an in-flight hazard to other legal aircraft use in the park. The use of these devices also has the potential to disrupt wildlife by interrupting migration, nesting, mating, and hunting activities to include, but not limited to protected species such as the Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelets, and Peregrine Falcon, as well as native birds and mammals. This restriction is in accordance with NPS Management Policy 8.2 which prohibits recreational uses that conflict with the scenic, natural, and historic values the park was designated to protect, and the associated activities in which individuals seek solitude and tranquility with an expectation of privacy. 97% of Mount Rainier National Park is designated Wilderness. Launching and landing of UAS's in the park can invite violations to the Wilderness Act, which prohibits the operation of motorized vehicles or mechanized transport.
Last updated: May 21, 2020