In honor of Veterans Day, Mount Rainier National Park will waive entrance fees for park visitors this Friday, November 11, 2016.
The National Park Service and United States Military have strong ties, dating back over a century. The U.S. Cavalry served as the first park rangers at many parks until the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. While troops were not assigned to protect Mount Rainier National Park in those early years, there has been a long-standing relationship with the military. During World War II, the famous 10th Mountain Division trained within the park and today, units from Joint Base Lewis-McChord support joint training exercises and assist with search and rescue operations.
Active duty military members and their dependents can receive a free military annual pass at the park entrance station. A free lifetime pass is also available to disabled veterans. These passes provide free entrance to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal recreational areas. More information about the passes can be found at: www.nps.gov/findapark/
General park information is available at the Longmire Museum, open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise remains closed except for weekends. The National Park Inn and Longmire General Store are open year-round to provide lodging, dining, and gift-shop services.
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER TO ALL PARK VISITORS: Effective November 1, all vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park, including 4WD vehicles. Weather in the mountains can change rapidly at this time of year and mandatory chain use may become required, even for 4WD vehicles. Visitors are reminded to be prepared for possible sudden storms.
Park information, announcements, and the Mount Rainier webcams are posted on the park’s official website, nps.gov/mora.