• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

Plan Your Visit

Five scenes of Mount Rainier National Park: old growth forest, a building in the historic district, a meadow in summer, the mountain at sunrise, and a temperate rainforest.
Five scenes of Mount Rainier National Park (left to right): old growth forest, a building in the historic district, a meadow in summer, the mountain at sunrise, and a temperate rainforest.
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Mount Rainier has five developed areas: Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon/Mowich. Although the level of development in these areas ranges from basic -little more than a campground and picnic area- to extensive -hotel, restaurant, visitor center, campgrounds and picnic areas- each can serve as a base for exploring the rest of the park. Learn more about each of these areas:
Longmire
Paradise
Ohanapecosh
Sunrise
Carbon and Mowich




Be Prepared for the Weather
July and August are generally sunny and mild, with the chance of showers. The rest of the year is usually quite rainy, with heavy snowfall from November through April. Raingear is recommended year round. Trails are steep and well maintained in summer and snow covered and difficult to follow in winter. Check the weather for current conditions.




Have a Safe Trip
Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is a dynamic landscape. Review this safety information before you visit the park and practice the safety tips while you are at Mount Rainier.

Did You Know?

Visitor exploring the former Paradise Ice Caves.

For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...