Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King announces that the park is preparing for the annual spring opening of park areas and facilities. In addition, the park will celebrate National Park Week April 16-24 with waivers for all entry fees, and a variety of events and activities. Mount Rainier is planning a variety of programs to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service! Events and activities will be regularly updated on the park’s event calendar at www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/calendar.htm and on social media.

The exceptionally low snow of 2015 has been replaced with a more normal snowpack at the park for 2016. Therefore, visitors can expect opening schedules to more closely parallel normal snow conditions. As a reminder, all dates are projections only, and can change with conditions. In addition, facilities and access routes are dewinterized, unforeseen challenges (such as unexpected winter season damage to infrastructure) may result in limited visitor services or changes to projected opening dates. The park’s summer workforce will begin arriving in late spring to provide essential visitor safety and public service operations.

Mount Rainier National Park – 2016 Projected Opening Dates
Dates with an asterisk (*) may be earlier, depending on conditions

Roads (first-day openings will occur at 8:00 am)

  • Longmire to Paradise (open 24 hours) Friday, April 15
  • Westside Road to Dry Creek Friday, April 29*
  • Cayuse Pass (SR 123) Friday, April 29*
  • White River Road to White River Campground Monday, May 16*
  • Ricksecker Point Road Monday, May 16
  • Chinook Pass (SR 410) Friday, May 20*
  • Stevens Canyon Road Friday, May 27
  • Paradise Valley Road Friday, June 24
  • Sunrise Road from White River Friday, July 1
  • Mowich Lake Road Friday, July 1

Visitor Information Centers

  • Longmire Museum Open now, (closed May 31 – June 14)
  • Jackson Visitor Center (daily operations) Saturday, May 7
  • Longmire Wilderness Information Center Friday, May 27
  • White River Wilderness Information Center Friday, May 27
  • Ohanapecosh Visitor Center Wednesday, June 22
  • Sunrise Visitor Center Friday, July 1

Campgrounds & Picnic Areas (first-day openings will occur at 8:00 am)

  • Cougar Rock Campground & Picnic Area Friday, May 20
  • Ohanapecosh Campground Friday, May 20
  • Box Canyon Picnic Area & Restrooms Friday, May 27
  • Paradise Picnic Area Friday, June 17
  • White River Campground Friday, June 24

Lodging

  • National Park Inn at Longmire Open year round
  • Paradise Inn Friday, May 20

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