Visit Rainier Blog

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. ...

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 ...

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! ...

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 ...

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.  ...

Name That Moose!

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 ...

Volunteer July 11 at Mt. Rainier

The next Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer work party will be Saturday, July 11th. This will be the annual Mount Rainier National Park Associates Exotic Plant Removal work party, which we refer to as the "deveg". We will be working at the site of the new Carbon River ...

Sourdough Ridge

While Paradise with its legendary alpine meadows is the place most first time visitors to Mount Rainier National Park venture to—I prefer to introduce folks to The Mountain at Sunrise. As its name suggests, this is the first place Washington’s iconic peak is touched by sunlight ...

Wildflower Watch 2016 Begins!

  The Mt. Rainier area was voted “Best Wildflower Spot in The United States” and VisitRainier.com is making it as ...

Go Geocaching at Mt. Rainier

To celebrate Visit Rainier’s Centennial Geotour, we packed up the family – dog included – and made a loop around ...

Easter Fun on the Railroad!

It was a sunny Easter Saturday when we arrived at the packed train platform in Elbe, just outside the Mt. ...

A Snowshoe Trek and Relaxing Night Away

All at once, it lies before you. Gnomes in homes, some with vocations such as woodcutters and fisherman, line both sides of the trail. Forest sprites in all shapes, sizes and colors peer out from their abodes in smiling welcome. ...

Mount Rainier Conditions Update

Effective March 7, 2015, the park will begin providing extended operational hours for the road between Longmire and Paradise. ...

Winter Hike: Greenwater Lakes

February 16, 2015 - Loads of snow that had accumulated on tree boughs showered us with glinting crystals as the sun rose. The wide, mostly flat trail makes an ascent of only 500 feet in two miles –most of that just below the first lake- and is very doable for young hikers and pets. ...

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Ski Area, 12 miles southeast of Mt. Rainier National Park and 22 miles from Packwood, celebrates the winter season with a family-friendly Winter Carnival. Held the first weekend of every March, the carnival is jam-packed with activities for the whole family... ...

Guided Snowshoe Tour and Dinner at Crystal Mountain

January 15, 2015 - Our charismatic guides, Dan, Jeff and Wendy entertained us with stories of wildlife sightings, Sasquatch inquiries and avalanches. They were well versed in mountain culture, and worked to ensure everyone had a safe, comfortable hike as Dan led us to a waterfall... ...

Go for a Keeper Tour at Northwest Trek

December 22, 2014 - The quiet vocalizations made by a contented moose are both unexpected and charming. In order to be privy to these rare sounds, one needs to be closer than the average viewer. The same holds true for the distinctive scent of bison and big horned sheep, and ...

Fall Hiking: Palisades Trail

November 24, 2014 - Described by mountain biking site Singletracks as “having it all,” a fall trip on Palisades Trail #1198 offers something for hikers, bikers and budding mycologists alike: thickly forested hills, breath-taking panoramas, tight switchbacks, water features and ...

Fall in the Park

October 1, 2014 - Slowly but surely, fall has slowly begun to take hold at the park. Leaves are beginning to turn, the evenings become brisk, and the crowds begin to thin. Autumn at Mount Rainier; it's simply a stunning time to visit the park. ...

REI & Microsoft Teams to Summit Mt. Rainier

August 8, 2014 - Two of the Washington State ’s strongest companies are showing their love for Mount Rainier National Park this weekend. In true partnership, REI and Microsoft both have climbing teams attempting to summit Rainier. ...