DATE: 6/3/10


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-_
Donna Rahier, 360-569-2211, x2301

Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga announces that entrance fees to Mount Rainier National Park will be waived this weekend – June 5-6. Additional fee free days are scheduled for August 14-15, September 25 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day).

While Spring-like weather hasn’t arrived yet at Paradise, where 11 feet of snow remains on the ground, the Paradise Inn, Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center and Paradise Guide House are open and operating daily on their summer schedules.

With the exception of the roads to Sunrise and Mowich Lake all other major park roads are now open for the season. The Sunrise Road is projected to open on June 25 and the Mowich Lake Road on July 2.

The historic Paradise Inn and National Park Inn are open daily offering lodging, dining, caf, gift shops and post office. For reservations call 360-569-2275 (www.guestservices.com).

The new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center is open daily at 10:00 a.m. The center has ranger programs, exhibits, information, a theater, bookstore, food and gifts. The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center opened to the public on May 28 and will be open weekends only until June 12, then daily throughout the summer.

Campgrounds currently open are Cougar Rock (173 sites + 5 group sites) and Ohanapecosh (188 sites + 2 group sites). White River Campground (112 sites) is scheduled to open to the public on June 25. The road into White River Campground is currently open to provide access for early season climbing groups.

Sunrise Lodge, Snack Bar and Gift Shop are scheduled to open on July 2 providing food and gifts. There is no overnight lodging at Sunrise.

The following websites provide access for information on gateway communities surrounding the park:
visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.destinationpackwood.com,
www.minerallake.com.

-NPS-