Visit Rainier Blog

Mother’s Day Weekend Steam Train Ride

Treat mom to the experience of a bygone era as our beautifully restored steam engine winds through the springtime forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier. Tickets for this two-hour excursion include train ride, museum admission, and a gift for mom. Ride...

Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins

Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin!

2016 Wilderness Camping to be First-Come, First-Served

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King reports that the park will process wilderness camping and climbing permits on a first-come, first-served basis only in 2016, including permits for hiking the Wonderland Trail. This represents a significant ...

Spring in to Easter Around Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier, WA.-Enjoy brunch in the national park, bask in an Easter sunrise service at 6,800 feet, ski with the Easter Bunny, or travel by train to an egg hunt.  These are just some of the special Easter activities found around Mt. Rainier.  Check VisitRanie...

Northwest Trek Introduces Kids’ Trek

Nature-inspired playground will provide plenty of exercise along with integrated lessons about how children connect to the natural world through play and awareness of the plants and animals with which we share the Earth at Kids' Trek.

Hours of Operations Update – Roads and Facilities

  Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King advises that beginning Saturday, March 12 the road between Longmire and Paradise will have extended hours of operation. As weather and conditions allow, the road will be open on Saturdays and Sund...

5 Best Family Friendly Snowshoeing Trips at Mount Rainier

While Mount Rainier and its neighboring craggy peaks offer excellent backcountry skiing and challenging winter hiking adventures—there are plenty of less-intimidating family-friendly spots within the frozen shadows of the mountain. Here are five of my favorite...

Sizzling Romantic Opportunities this Valentine’s Day

Drive out winter’s chill with a little volcanic romance this Valentine’s Day. Various lodging properties and dining establishments around Mt. Rainier are offering sweet specials on dinners and romantic getaways.

Check out the Paradise Snowplay Area

Taking my daughter and her friend for an afternoon of sledding at the Paradise Snowplay Area on the southern side of Mt. Rainier, I thought, Norman Rockwell himself could not have captured a more picturesque and perfect day. The sun shone low in the sky, ca...

Take a Ranger Guided Snowshoe Trip at Mt. Rainier

When I first woke up I almost second guessed my game plan, as one does when warm and cozy in their bed. The covers seem extra heavy…Should I stay in bed awhile longer, then head to my friends’ house to watch my team’s first playoff game, or stick with my origi...

Winter Returns to the Mountain

Mount Rainier National Park announces winter operations, in preparation for weather conditions and recreation opportunities the winter season provides for visitors.

First of the Season Skiing

My septuagenarian parents were hands-down among the coolest kids on the hill. Arc’teryx jackets, Patagonia pants, new Blizzard and K2 skis.  Looking down at my noticeably emaciated skis, I convinced myself that, yeah, they had it going on, but I was an early a...

Northwest Trek Admits Kids Free this December

Annual Winter Break event is set Dec. 26-27, and animals throughout the wildlife park will get treats featuring natural items like fruit cut into ornament shapes, plus evergreen trees and wreaths to explore.

Cutting the Family Christmas Tree

“We want something between a Charlie Brown tree, and the Griswold family Christmas tree,” I said to whoever may have been paying attention to me at that moment.   It was a frivolous statement as my spatially-gifted spouse would never need advice on the size or...

Enjoy Winter Holidays at Mt. Rainier

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

2016 Mt. Rainier Free-Fee Days Announced

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

Mt. Rainier Wine & Brew Festival

Join us for the 6th Annual Mount Rainier Fall Wine Tasting & Brew Festival, Saturday December 5th in Ashford, Washington at the base of Mt. Rainier. The 6th annual "On the Road to Paradise" Fall Wine & Brew Festival is your chance to sip, savor ...

Fee-Free Day on Friday, November 27

In celebration of Thanksgiving and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks will offer free entry to all park areas on Friday, November 27.

Help Out For Half Off at Northwest Trek

Visitors who bring two or more food items to the wildlife park between Nov. 6 and Nov. 29 will receive half off general admission, and they’ll be making a donation to the non-profit Emergency Food Network at the same time.

Hoot ‘N’ Howl and Pumpkin Chomp & Stomp at Northwest Trek

What better way to celebrate fall than with a rare nighttime trek through the forests of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park? The very festive Hoot ‘n’ Howl runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, and it’s unlike any other event of the year at the 725-acre wildlife park.

Enjoy a Fall Color Drive Around Mt. Rainier

To me, fall color drives have always been a favorite autumn pastime, ranking somewhere in popularity among the debut of the Pumpkin Spice latte, wine crush, and corn mazes;  definitely above setting back clocks and changing fire alarm batteries.  I also like t...

Every Kid in a Park

As part of the 2016 celebration of the National Park Centennial, the Every Kid in a Park program is designed to entice fourth graders and their families to visit the country’s National Parks and Forests to discover wildlife, history, and natural resources.

Road Trip on the Chinook Scenic Byway

With so many route options for exploring the Chinook Scenic Byway, which runs along Highway 410, our out-and-back decision may seem a little uninspired. With a trim schedule and full agenda we made the trip in 24 hours stopping every 10 – 20 miles to enjoy one...

Washington Wine Express, September 26

The sounds of ALL ABOARD followed by the popping of corks will be heard during the 3rd Annual Washington Wine Express. Tickets include train ride, five wine tasting tickets, live entertainment and catered meal. Additional tasting tickets available for purchase...

Discover Northwest Trek’s Zip Wild Adventure Course

“What was your favorite part of the Zip Wild Adventure Course?”  I asked my nine-year-old son.  “When you got stuck in that skinny rope tunnel.  That was pretty funny!”  Of course it was. The funniest part is actually that I found myself still getting stuck...

Volunteer September 12 at Mt. Rainier

The annual Mount Rainier National Park Associates meadow revegetation work party will be Saturday, September 12th. MRNPA volunteers will again be assisting the Mount Rainier ecological restoration crew in planting wildflower seedlings, working to convert a historic campground area near Sunrise back into alpine meadows.

September Brings Savings for Seniors at Mt. Rainier

Visit Rainier has named September “Senior Savings” month for its visitors, and Northwest Trek, The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, and several lodging properties are discounting their rates up to half off for seniors seeking a fall adventure!

Civil War Train at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

September 12 is the annual Civil War Train at the railroad. The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad hosts this annual one day living history event with the Washington Civil War Association. Dedicated volunteer reenactors appear (rain or shine) at the depot, on the tra...

First Moose Calf in 15 Years Wowing Visitors at Northwest Trek

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s newest resident is just a few days old but is already a popular attraction with visitors. The moose calf, believed to have been born July 17, is sticking close to its mother and has been observed nursing regularly. The calf lives in the park’s Free Roaming Area, where some visitors on the Northwest Trek tram have caught a glimpse of the newborn.

Shadows of the Past, August 22 at Longmire

On Saturday August 22nd Mount Rainier National Park will present Shadows of the Past, a “living history” program. Volunteers and staff in costumes will portray important individuals from the park’s past.