Cougar Rock Campground - Visit Rainier
Cougar Rock Campground

Cougar Rock Campground



Ashford, WA 98304

173 Units

Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM


SEASON: late May – late September

MAX RV/TRAILER LENGTH: RV: 35 feet, Trailer: 27 feet

Welcome to Cougar Rock Campground, located in the SW area of Mount Rainier National Park

This campground offers 173 individual sites and 5 group sites, along with picnic tables, fire platforms, flush toilets, and drinkable water. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially during the summer season and holiday weekends. The campground provides a sense of privacy with its layout and large green spaces between sites. It is open from late May to late September, allowing a maximum stay of 14 days.

The nearby Carter Falls trail, a section of the Wonderland Trail, is popular among hikers staying at Cougar Rock. The trail leads to Carter Falls and Madcap Falls, offering a scenic experience.

Cougar Rock Campground is located near the Longmire district and Paradise area. Longmire features historic buildings, while the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise offers educational displays and presentations. 

At just over 3,100 feet, nights can be cool, even in summer.

While fires are permitted, firewood gathering is not. Campers should first check to see if a burn-ban is in place and then plan to purchase firewood locally. During the summer, ranger-led presentations take place in the amphitheater, as well as a Junior Ranger events for younger campers. Schedules and topics posted at the kiosk near the entrance.

The trail to nearby Carter Falls (a section of the Wonderland Trail), is among the most popular in the immediate area. Just across the main road from the campground, the well-signed trail drops down to the Nisqually River, crosses it, and continues on up the other side. The trail meanders through magnificent old-growth as it climbs gradually toward the falls. Trees and underbrush partially obscure the view of the Carter Falls but Madcap Falls awaits a short distance further up the trail, easily visible.

The historical Longmire district is located less than two miles down the hill. Paradise a short (but stunningly beautiful) five miles in the other direction. Each of these locations offer a variety of day-hiking possibilities as well as visitor services that can add significantly to the park experience. The historic buildings at both areas stand as reminders of park history and development, while the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise (built in 2008), offers excellent displays and dynamic presentations that bring nature and history alive for travelers of all ages.

At Cougar Rock Campground, not only do you have a place to camp, but also an opportunity to learn and appreciate the park’s natural and cultural history. Stop by the on-site amphitheater for interpretive programs that expand your knowledge and deepen your connection with the park. Discover the captivating stories of the land, its wildlife, and the people who have cherished this place throughout history. 

New to camping at Mount Rainier National Park? 

Contact the park directly if you have any questions or need assistance with planning your trip. Call (360) 569-6575 for park information. Campground reservations not accepted over the phone.

  • Free parking
  • Drinking water
  • Flush toilets (no showers)
  • Picnic tables

Campground Policies:

  • Can be booked through Sun, October 8th 2023. Select dates for availability.
  • Pets must be on a leash and attended at all times.
  • Firewood gathering is not permitted. 
  • Feeding of wild animals is not permitted.
  • October 08, 2023 – May 28, 2024 is Out of Season – No Booking Available.
  • The dump station and water fill station are closed for the 2023 summer season.
  • Maximum Consecutive Stay: You may stay up to 14 nights during a visit at this campground. 
  • Maximum Reservations per Transaction: You may pay for up to 3 reservations at one time within the same credit card transaction. 
  • Maximum Total Reservations: You may hold up to 3 current or upcoming reservations at this campground. 

Reservation Changes and Cancellations:

  • Changes: If your new stay dates are completely different from your original stay dates, there is a $10 change fee (per reserved site). There are no additional fees for adding or removing nights to your stay or changing to a different campsite. Balances will adjust based on your new stay’s nightly rate.
  • Cancellations: You can cancel the reservation any time before the date of your scheduled arrival. You will receive a refund for your stay, minus a $10 cancellation fee, any reservation fees (only if paid when booking), and any previous change fees. Late cancellation penalties may also apply.

Late Cancellation Details:

  • Definition of “Late”: For individual campsites, a late cancellation applies starting from midnight 1 calendar day before your scheduled check-in. For cabins and group sites, a late cancellation applies starting from midnight 14 calendar days or fewer before your scheduled check-in.
  • Late Fee: In addition to the fees mentioned above, a late cancellation will also subtract your first night’s recreation use fee from any refund owed. Cancellations or changes to your stay are not possible through My Reservations after the expected check-in day. Additional changes may carry penalties and forfeit recreation use fees. Please refer to the provided link for more details.

Failure to Check-In:

  • If a camper does not check-in at the ranger station by 12:00 pm check-out time the day after the scheduled arrival date, their reservation will be cancelled. The camper will incur a $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night’s camping fee.