Passes Opening Early Around Mt. Rainier in Time for April Lodging Discounts

March 17, 2015

The Washington State Department of Transportation and Mt. Rainier National Park have announced Cayuse Pass and Chinook Pass will open early this year, tentatively March 27, and April 3 respectively, which means visitors will be able to enjoy Spring Break; Easter activities; National Park Week, and Fee Free Days at Mt. Rainier National Park this April, with more road access, and at a discount!

“Visit Rainier had already named April ‘A Mountain of Savings’ month for its overnight visitors,” said Mary Kay Nelson, executive director of Visit Rainier. “With Cayuse and Chinook Passes opening early, the deal is even sweeter as 16 lodging properties and Northwest Trek are offering a 25 percent discount to their mid-week rates, throughout April.”

Stevens Canyon Road in Mt. Rainier National Park will remain closed until at least Memorial Day weekend due to debris removal, but folks can easily encircle the mountain by utilizing Skate Creek Road (Located between Packwood and Ashford).

“Traveling around the mountain in a full loop is something that usually happens later in the year,” said Nelson. “This is a treat to get a jump on the summer season and go before the crowds arrive. If folks utilize the Visit Rainier Driving Tour section on our website, they can come up with all kinds of fun travel options.”

According to Visit Rainier, the following lodging properties are discounting their rates by 25 percent for mid-week accommodations.

  1. Alexander’s Country Inn – Ashford
  2. Alta Crystal Resort – Crystal Mountain
  3. Cedars Inn – Enumclaw
  4. Copper Creek Inn – Ashford
  5. Crystal Carriage House – Crystal Mountain
  6. Crystal Mountain Hotels – Crystal Mountain
  7. Crystal Rainier Retreat – Crystal Mountain
  8. Jasmer’s Rainier Cabins & Fireplace Rooms – Ashford
  9. National Park Inn – Longmire
  10. Nisqually Lodge – Ashford
  11. Rainbows End Cabins at Mount Rainier – Ashford
  12. Silver Skis Chalet – Crystal Mountain
  13. The Cornerstone Cabin – Ashford
  14. Wellspring Spa – Ashford
  15. Wilderness Edge – Ashford
  16. Wildwood – Ashford

In addition, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is also offering 25 percent off its Monday-Friday general admission price, through April, when guests mention the “Mountain of Savings” offer.

The Visit Rainier “Mountain of Savings” offer will be honored at all 16 lodging properties for all mid-week (Sunday – Thursday night) guests during the month of April, subject only to availability. No other discounts apply. Guests must stay a minimum of two nights at participating lodging establishments and must mention the “Mountain of Savings” offer when they make their reservations to redeem the discount. Offer expires on May 1, 2015.

For a complete list of Easter activities, such as the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad’s Bunny Express; the Easter Egg hunt and brunch at Crystal Mountain; lodging around the mountain; weather and road updates, as well as complete information on vacationing around Mt. Rainier, visit