NOTE: Marijuana on Federal lands: Mount Rainier National Park would like provide clarification regarding the use and possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The recently passed Washington State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on Federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use. More information posted on current conditions page.
Camp in designated campsites only. Sleeping in vehicles outside of campgrounds is not permitted.
Campsites are limited to a maximum of 6 persons (or immediate family) and two tents.
All vehicles must be parked within the designated campsite parking area and not beyond the barriers or on vegetation.
There are special sites designated for group tent camping.
Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days in any developed campground within the park and no more than 28 days total in any designated campground within the calendar year.
Length of Stay
A 14-day camping limitation applies to all camping.
Check out time is noon.
Keep fires small and within the closed grating provided.
Do not burn trash or leave trash in the grate.
Do not leave fires unattended.
Buy It Where You Burn It! Firewood brought in from other areas may contain invasive insect species that pose a serious threat to Mount Rainier National Park's resources... Please leave your firewood at home.
- Buy firewood near where you will burn it: that means the wood was cut within 50 miles of where you'll have your fire.
- Wood that looks clean and healthy can still have tiny insect eggs, or microscopic fungi spores, that will start a new and deadly infestation. Always leave it at home, even if you think the firewood looks fine.
- Aged or seasoned wood is still not safe. Just because it is dry doesn't mean that bugs can't crawl onto it!
- Tell your friends not to bring wood with them- everyone needs to know that they should not move firewood.
Firewood may be purchased from private wood concessionaires at the Longmire General Store, Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh, and White River Campgrounds. See campground bulletin boards for more information.
Do not collect firewood, branches, twigs or cones. As these materials decompose they nourish the trees and preserve the quality of the forest.
Dogs, cats and other pets must be caged, on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) or otherwise under physical restraint at all times.
Pets may not be left unattended or tied to trees.
Pets are not permitted in amphitheaters or buildings, or on vegetated areas or trails.
Pets are permitted only in parking lots and roads open to vehicles.
To preserve the natural features of the park, driving nails into trees and creating ditches around tents are not permitted.
Do not feed any wildlife (including birds) in the park. Human food can cause digestive problems and can result in an animal's death or in injury to you. Keep Wildlife Wild!
Picking or cutting flowers, gathering or digging plants and trees are not permitted. Collecting rocks or other materials is prohibited.
RV sink drains must empty into containers which may be emptied into service sinks or toilets only.
Do not use water fountains or spigots for cleaning purposes. Wash dishes in a container at your campsite. Dump used water in camp sink located at the restrooms.
RV dump station located at the Cougar Rock campground is CLOSED for 2021 season until further notice.
Quiet hours are between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Keep noise to a minimum at all times and show respect for others.
Generators may only be used between the following hours: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m..
Loop E of both Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds are closed to generator use at all times.
Prevent thefts and protect your valuables. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Report suspicious persons or vehicles to a ranger.
Gasoline and automobile repairs are available in local communities outside the park.
Laundry and Showers
Laundry facilities are located outside the park in Ashford and Packwood. There are no public shower facilities in the park.
Limited supplies are available at the National Park Inn at Longmire, Sunrise Lodge, and in the communities of Ashford, Packwood, Eatonville and Enumclaw. Ice is available at Longmire and in Ashford and Packwood.
Services are available in surrounding communities. Inquire locally for schedules.
Groups of 12 or more are permitted only in specific group sites.
Group sites are designed for tent camping only. RVs are not permitted in group sites.
At campgrounds throughout the park, parking is limited. Those using group campsites may need to consult the campground ranger to arrange additional parking.
Cougar Rock Campground Group Sites
Site 1 has a maximum capacity of 30 people.
Site 2 has a maximum capacity of 40 people.
Sites 3, 4 and 5 have a maximum capacity of 25 people per site.
A maximum of 5 parking spaces is available at each group site. Additional vehicles must park in the picnic area.