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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...

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.

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...
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