Operating Hours & Seasons

Mount Rainier National Park is open all year, 24 hours a day. Visitation is at its peak in July and August, when the weather is warm and dry and the wildflowers are blooming. If you are planning a summer trip to Mount Rainier, consider visiting mid-week, which is generally less crowded. Parking is limited in many areas of the park. Wait times at the Nisqually and White River Entrances can be over an hour on the very busiest summer weekends and holidays. Entering the park before 10:00 am or after 2:30 pm can help avoid delays when visitation is heavy. Plan ahead and follow these tips to avoid summer congestion.

In spring, with ephemeral waterfalls and in autumn, with brilliant colors reaching deep into the valleys, visitors can enjoy a more leisurely vacation in the park. During these seasons, weather may determine the availability of facilities in certain areas of the park. Before making any plans check the current status of roads, campgrounds, trails, and activities.

Vehicle access to Mount Rainier in the winter is only available from the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park on the way to Paradise. The Carbon River Entrance is open but the road within the park boundary is limited to foot and bicycle traffic. Check the road status webpage or Alerts prior to coming to the park as road conditions are subject to change.


Information and operating hours for visitor centers, wilderness information centers, campgrounds, picnic areas, lodging and food are located below. Other important topics to consider when planning your trip are: maps, road status, trail conditions, climbing permits, weather, and wilderness permits.


Last Updated: January 4, 2024
All scheduled dates are weather dependent.

VISITOR CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION
Call the park at 360-569-2211 to confirm road and facility status or check the website for current information.

Longmire Museum
Located at Longmire in the southwest corner of the park.
(360) 569-6575
Open year-round.

January 2 - Spring
9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily.
Closed January 5-7.
When the museum is closed, wilderness permits are available at the Longmire Wilderness Information Center.
NOTE: The Longmire Plaza Comfort Station restrooms are open daily.

Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center
Located at Paradise on the south side of the park.

Open year-round, but weekends only in winter (generally October-May).

October 22 - Winter
10:00 am - 4:00 pm weekends only

NOTE: Paradise Road is open Thursday-Monday, weather permitting, and closed Tuesday-Wednesday. The Paradise Plaza Restrooms are open 24 hours when the road is open, located adjacent from the visitor center on the north side of the upper parking lot. Learn more about the Paradise area on the Paradise Visitor Guide page.

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
Located at Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner of the park.

Generally open late June through mid-September.

CLOSED for the season

Sunrise Visitor Center
Located at Sunrise in the northeast corner of the park.

Generally open July through mid-September.

CLOSED for the season

 

WILDERNESS & CLIMBING INFORMATION CENTERS

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

Longmire Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6650
Located at Longmire. Generally open late May through mid October.

January - Spring
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Fri-Sun
Open on Monday Holidays.
NOTE: Wilderness Permits are available at the Longmire Museum when the WIC is closed.

White River Wilderness Information Center
(360) 569-6670
Located at White River, en route to the Sunrise area in the northeast corner of the park. Generally open late May through mid October.

CLOSED for the season

Carbon River Ranger Station
(360) 829-9639

Located on the Carbon River Road 5.5 miles east of the Mowich Lake (SR165) junction.
Generally open year-round.

December - Spring
8:30 am - 4:00 pm daily

NOTE: Visitors to the Carbon River area should be prepared to navigate around road and trail washouts.

Paradise Wilderness Information Center / Guide House
(360) 569-6641
Backcountry & climbing permits, information. Located at Paradise.
Generally open late May through early September.

CLOSED for the season
NOTE: Climbers can self-register at the Old Paradise Ranger Station when the WIC is closed.

 

CAMPGROUNDS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh

CLOSED for the season

White River

CLOSED for the season

NOTE: See the campground page for other campground updates.

 

PICNIC AREAS

CURRENT STATUS

Cougar Rock

CLOSED for the season

Paradise

CLOSED for the season

Sunrise

CLOSED for the season

Box Canyon

CLOSED for the season

Ohanapecosh Campground

CLOSED for the season

 

FOOD & LODGING

DATES and HOURS OF OPERATION

National Park Inn at Longmire

Lodging, dining.
Generally open year-round.
Reservations:
360-569-2275 or
mtrainierguestservices.com

OPEN

Dining Room Hours

Breakfast to go only
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm daily
Dinner: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm daily

Front Desk

7:00 am - 10:00 pm daily

Longmire General Store
Adjacent to National Park Inn.
Gifts & basic groceries. Firewood sales (summer only). Snowshoe rentals (winter only).
Generally open year-round

OPEN
January 2 - Spring

10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

Paradise Camp Deli
and Gift Shop

in the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise.

OPEN
October 22 - Winter
11:00 am - 3:45 pm weekends only

Paradise Inn
Lodging, dining & gifts.
Generally open May through September
Reservations: 1-855-755-2275 or
mtrainierguestservices.com

CLOSED for the season

Sunrise Day Lodge
No overnight facilities.
Food & gifts.
Generally open early July to early September

CLOSED for the season

Firewood Sales

Available during the summer at Longmire General Store.

More information on dining in the park
More information on lodging in the park

Last updated: January 4, 2024

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Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

360 569-2211

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