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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.

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 Free Roaming Area, where some visitors on the Northwest Trek tram have caught a glimpse of the newborn.

Wildflowers on the Sunrise Side

This time of year Mt. Rainer is revered for its extensive wildflower displays, and this July is no exception. A weekend hike to Dege Peak yielded sightings of approximately 20 varieties of blooms on our 4.2 mile out and back journey from the Sunrise parking lo...

A Newborn Moose at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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.

Star Party At Paradise, July 18

Star Party at Paradise: Saturday July 18, 9:45 PM to at least 11:45 PM (Weather Permitting) Families and individuals of all ages are invited to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park for a special “star viewing party” on Saturday July 18. The event s...

Brews and Blues on Saturday, July 18

It's brews and blues on Saturday July 18. The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad will hold an annual special event "Rails to Ales" with Wingman Brewers on site with cold frosty craft brews on the train and at the museum. Simply Delicious will be on site to dish up a ...

2015 Summer Park Program Schedule

Hit the trail, gaze at the stars, and learn about the mountain's history - all with the help of a park ranger!  Mount Rainier National Park has announced the schedule of regularly scheduled summer ranger-led programs.  Programs will be held throughout the summ...

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 Ranger Station, which is located a few miles west of the Carbon River Entrance of the park on the Carbon River Road.

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 each day.

Wildflower Watch 2016 Begins!

  The Mt. Rainier area was voted “Best Wildflower Spot in The United States” and VisitRainier.com is making it as easy as possible for folks to enjoy them, by offering links to a wildflower identification guide and wildflower reports.  In addition, Vis...

Go Geocaching at Mt. Rainier

To celebrate Visit Rainier’s Centennial Geotour, we packed up the family - dog included - and made a loop around Mt. Rainier - on our first geocaching adventure. On Saturday, June 13, Visit Rainier kicked off the geocaching tour in honor of the National Par...

Slug Fest Approaching at Northwest Trek

Annual event features human slug races, games and activities for kids of all ages It’s Slug Fest time at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. That means a celebration of sliminess and silliness with lots of activities for kids and families – and adults, too. Ho...

Find Father’s Day Fun Around Mt. Rainier 

June 5, 2015 Mt. Rainier, WA.- Roads are open, wildflowers are starting to bloom, and Mt. Rainier is transitioning into its summer splendor.  Come check it out with dad this coming Father’s Day weekend.  Enjoy time in the woods, fishing in a mountain stream...

An Early Season Trek at Naches Peak

Assume nothing. Advice to live by under most circumstances, but particularly handy when it comes to hiking. This being one of the driest years on record in Washington state, I wrongly concluded that snow at the top of Chinook Pass would be as unseasonably thin...

Sunrise Area Opens June 5

Sunrise Area Schedules to Open Friday, June 5, 2015 – Mowich Lake Road Opening Delayed Superintendent Randy King advises that public access to the Sunrise area on the east side of Mount Rainier will open this Friday, June 5.  The Sunrise Lodge and Visitor C...

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum Announces Opening Weekend

June 3, 2015 Elbe, Washington is the small town that’s big on trains! Railroad staff and volunteers, business owners and local residents (all 29 of them) prepare to welcome record crowds at the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Museum’s opening weekend. M...

A Baby Boom at Northwest Trek Wildife Park

May 21, 2015 Three bison calves and three bighorn sheep lambs are roaming the meadows at Northwest Trek. EATONVILLE, Wash. – There’s a baby boom underway at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Two bison calves and two bighorn sheep lambs were born over the ...

Paradise Inn Reopens for the Season

May 20 marks the opening of the Paradise Inn, located on the south side of Mt. Rainer National Park. Constructed in 1916, the 99-year-old hotel sits at 5,400’ elevation, and is located across the parking lot at Paradise from the Jackson Visitors Center. It ...

Mount Rainier Fee Increases Approved for 2015

ASHFORD, WA – Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King announces that the park will begin increasing park entrance and camping fees on May 22, 2015. These fee increases, first announced in November, were open for public comment through the end of ...

Video: Waking up at Mt. Rainier

Waking up to a new day means something a little different when you're at Mount Rainier! From hiking adventures to family train rides, wildflower strolls and wildlife viewing...  Gaining elevation has never been so good.  Plan your trip and get outdoors explori...

A Bison Calf Born at Northwest Trek Wildife Park

May 6, 2015 More bison and elk calves, plus bighorn sheep lambs are expected; beaver also due to give birth soon EATONVILLE, Wash. – It’s baby season at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. And just in time for Mother’s Day, there’s a newborn bison calf in the ...

Volunteer Opportunities for Summer 2015

May 5, 2015 If you're looking for ways to volunteer at Mount Rainier National Park, there are still abundant opportunities available! All but one of our full-time positions have been filled, as of this writing, but short-term and recurring options are possi...

Attend the 9th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival

May 1, 2015 ASHFORD, WA – Rainier Independent Film Festival (May 15-17) announces its official line-up, including 38+ dynamic films spanning a variety of genres and topics.  In it’s 9th year, the Rainier Independent Film Festival is now known amongst filmma...

Spring Opening Updates

May 1, 2015 Mount Rainier Superintendent Randy King advises that this year’s low snowpack has made early access to some park areas possible. The White River Road to the White River Campground opened to the public today. This access is popular with climbers a...

Mount Rainier Tourism Creates $57.7M in Local Economic Benefit

Mount Rainier Tourism Creates $57.7M in Local Economic Benefit - Part of $15.7B impact overall that supports 277,000 jobs nationwide May 1, 2015 ASHFORD, WA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 1.3 million recreation visitors to M...

Treat Mom to Mother’s Day at the Mountain

April 21, 2015 Mt. Rainier, WA-The roads are open and the weather is great. Treat mom to Mother’s Day at Mt. Rainier! Check out these great ideas: Passport to Washington Wine Country, downtown Enumclaw Sipping, shopping and art appreciation are all enco...

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. Rainier Scenic Railroad depot. Inside the depot visitors purchased railroad-themed souvenirs and refreshments for the train ride. We picked up our tickets...

Enjoy Your National Park for Free This Weekend!

National Park Service News Release April 15, 2015 This Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will be able to visit the park for free.  Fees will be waived at all national park areas throughout the weekend as the kickof...

Wonderland Trail Applications Suspended

National Park Service News Release April 10, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WONDERLAND TRAIL APPLICATIONS SUSPENDED Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King  reports that the park is no longer accepting reservation requests for hiking the Wond...

Mt. Rainier: Rediscover Your Mountain

The reminders are everywhere... From many cities and towns in the Pacific Northwest, the mountain is a constant and majestic part of our skyline. But when was the last time you got up close to your mountain -- smelling that fresh mountain air, taking in the ex...

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...