DATE: 5/11/09

For Immediate Release-_
Contact: 360-569-2211, x 2301

Listed below are current updates on the status of road and facility openings at Mount Rainier National Park.


Mount Rainier National Park Acting Superintendent Randy King advises that
State Route 123 and State Route 410 over Cayuse Pass (north-south) will
open to the public on Tuesday, May 12 at noon. This road has been closed
since December 18. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
crews are finishing up spring snow removal operations and Mount Rainier
staff is placing signs in preparation for the opening and the beginning of
the 2009 visitor season. State Route 410 east over Chinook Pass remains
closed. WSDOT crews continue to remove snow from this section of the road
and anticipate it will open by Memorial Day weekend.

Since 1974 the earliest date the SR 410 /123 road has opened was March 18
during the 1980-81 winter. The latest date for opening was June 30, 2006
when the road remained closed for extensive storm damage repair.

Repair of storm damage on the Nisqually-Paradise Road at Glacier Hill (MP
12.3) is scheduled to begin mid to late June with anticipated completion by
mid-August. The road will remain open to traffic, but 20 minute delays
should be expected.

Storm damage repairs to the Stevens Canyon Road (MP 14.1) will also begin
mid to late June with expected completion by mid-August. Due to the more
extensive damage at this site, the Stevens Canyon Road will remain closed
to through traffic until repair is completed. Park visitors coming from
the west on Stevens Canyon Road will be able to access areas as far as
Backbone Ridge Overlook (MP 13.1) and from the east to the Grove of the
Patriarchs located approximately 0.2 miles from State Route 123 (MP 18).
These sections of Stevens Canyon Road are scheduled to open by noon on
Friday, May 22.

Visitors will not be able to travel between the east and west sides of the
park through Stevens Canyon until this repair work is completed in

The park is working in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration
who will administer the contract to repair storm damages at Glacier Hill
and Stevens Canyon. The damage occurred in early January 2009.
The Sunrise Road will open to the public by noon on Friday, June 26.

Mowich Lake Road is scheduled to open by noon on July 3.

The White River Road to the campground parking lot is tentatively scheduled
to open May 20, however a great deal of snow remains in the area and
opening may be delayed.


Effective May 2, the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at
Paradise is open daily (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
weekends). The visitor center offers information, exhibits, movies, book
sales, food service and gifts.

The historic Paradise Inn is scheduled to reopen for the season at noon on
May 15, providing lodging, dining and gifts. The National Park Inn at
Longmire is open year-round, also offering lodging, dining and gifts. For
reservations call Mount Rainier Guest Services at 360-569-2275.

Cougar Rock Campground is tentatively scheduled to open on Friday, May 22.
Currently 3-4 feet of snow remains on the ground in the area and campsites
are still snow covered. Access will be limited.

At Ohanapecosh Campground Loops A, B and C only will open at noon on
Friday, May 22 in time for the Memorial Day Weekend. Available sites will
be limited.

White River Campground is scheduled to open at noon on Friday, June 26.

Sunrise Visitor Center and Sunrise Lodge will open for the season on July

Gateway communities surrounding the park are open daily providing lodging,
meals, gifts, equipment rentals, horseback riding, fishing, and a variety
of other needs to park visitors. Information on these businesses is
available on the internet at visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com,
www.desitnationpackwood.com or www.minerallake.com.

For additional information and conditions, visit the park’s web page
www.nps.gov /mora or call 360-569-2211 for recorded information.

*Some dates may still be tentative due to weather, snow and road