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VIDEO: Experience Winter at Mt. Rainier

Find your winter side at Mt. Rainier. Experiencing the quiet calm of a snow-covered forest... Sipping hot cocoa by a crackling fire... The joy of throwing snowballs and making snow angels... Try world-cla...

3-Day Fall Foraging Tour

As summer turns to fall in the Pacific Northwest, it’s the perfect time for a road trip around Mt. Rainier National Park. Not only can you enjoy the scenic splendor of the area’s colorful seasonal foliage and the sight of grazing elk; you can also hunt the hills for wild mushrooms, blueberries and huckleberries with fewer folks on the trails.

Go Snowshoeing

Experience the drama of a Mt. Rainier winter on snowshoes. Marvel at the alpine trees encased in snow and ice. Look out onto the clean white mountainsides that seem to go on and on. During the summer months you...

Take the Kids to Paradise’s Snow Play Area

Ready, set, slide! Race down the slopes at the popular snowplay area at Paradise. For those who see the snow and feel the need for speed, this is the one place in the park where sleds are welcome - and expected...

Ride Crystal’s Mt. Rainier Gondola

Skiers, riders and foot passengers can all take a ride to the Crystal Mountain summit for captivating mountain views, a delectable meal at the Summit House restaurant or to drop back into the vast terrain that ...

Spend a Cozy Night at Mt. Rainier

Maybe you spent the day snowshoeing at Paradise. Or shushing down the ski slopes. Maybe you just spent the day in with a good book and a glass of wine. Whatever your style, avoid a long drive home and instead c...

Go Hut to Hut Nordic Skiing and More

Recreation on the Mount Tahoma Trails comes in all forms, from cross country skiing and snowshoeing to snowboarding and skate skiing, as well as an occasional sled dog team. This is a great alternative to the P...

Dining with a View at Crystal Mountain

Dine at the top of the world! Well, it feels that way anyhow... Travel 2500 feet in ten minutes time on the new Mt. Rainier Gondola up to the summit of Crystal Mountain to dine at the newly-remodeled Summit Hou...

Watch Elk & Big Horn Sheep Feeding

It's one of the best locations for elk watching in the entire nation. On Mt. Rainier's east side, come to the Oak Creek Wildlife Area and view herds of elk gathering in the hundreds for daily winter feedings. V...

Nordic Ski at White Pass

Cross country ski or snowshoe on scenic, well-established trails through wooded areas and around a scenic alpine lake at the White Pass Nordic Center. Meander along 18 kilometers of groomed, double-tracked trai...

Indulge Yourself at a Spa

Take time for yourself with a spa getaway to Mt. Rainier. Leave your worries and stress behind and retreat to the peace and quiet of the mountains for time spent away rejuvenating your body and mind. Indulge wi...

Take a Tram Ride through a Wildlife Park

Bundle up for a 55-minute tram ride and view native Northwest animals in their lush winter coats at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville. The tram tours the 435 acre free-roaming area of the park. Spot bi...

Delight in Autumn’s Roadside Show

Mt. Rainier's scenic roads beckon throughout the year, but perhaps there's no more magnificent time for a driving tour of Mt. Rainier than autumn. Roadside views are decorated with leaves of brilliant red, deep...

Celebrate Veteran’s Day with Free Park Entrance

In celebration of Veterans Day, Mount Rainier National Park annually waives entrance fees for all visitors on Veterans' Day. Entrance fee waivers on this holiday have been observed since 2006 and apply to all p...

View Fall Color at Reflection Lakes

As the season turns to fall, Reflection Lakes becomes a mirror of autumn colors with magnificent Mt. Rainier's reflecting in its still waters. For a spectacular setting... to take in the magic of the season at ...

Photograph Fall’s Beauty

As fall arrives at the park, leaves begin to turn, the evenings become brisk and the crowds begin to thin. Autumn at Mount Rainier is a stunning time to visit - and certainly a spectacular time to bring out the...

Take an Elk Bugling Tour at Northwest Trek

Get a rare glimpse into the wild and wonderful world of Roosevelt elk on these special tours during the "rut" or breeding season each September. It's worth an early wake-up for this morning two-hour, naturalist...

Hike the Colorful Skyline Trail

The hike from Paradise to Panorama Point is world-class and a hiker's favorite during the autumn season. View fall foliage up close at points along the trail and enjoy sweeping, panoramic views of the colorful ...

Mushroom Picking

Dozens of good edible mushroom species begin to appear in late summer. Most species need the first fall rains to come before they appear. Some species wait until the first frosts. As is well-known mushrooms can be poisonous, so mushroom hunters need to have positively identified species...

Hunt for Huckleberries

Non-commercial berry picking is allowed within the National Park. Two quarts per person per day of huckleberries, blackberries, thimbleberries and salmonberries may be gathered by hand. This small quantity has been determined to not adversely affect park wildlife...

All Aboard the Peanuts™ Great Pumpkin Patch Express

The fall is a fantastic time to ride the train. Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the PEANUTS™ gang aboard The Great Pumpkin Patch Express. Passengers will ride the train and read the book It’s the Gre...

Sightsee on the White Pass and Chinook Scenic Byways

Flanked to the north and south by two nationally recognized scenic byways, take a sightseeing adventure to Mt. Rainier this summer and see the sights from the comfort of your car. The White Pass Scenic Byway s...

Trek to Silver Falls at Ohanapecosh

For admirers of waterfalls, Silver Falls is one of the park's best. Here's your opportunity for that forest experience of meandering through the tall trees, listening for the roar of the water ever-intensifying...

Visit the Temperate Rainforest at Carbon River

Located in the extreme northwestern corner of the park, the Carbon River area of the park invites visitors to explore a unique ecosystem -- an inland temperate rainforest. Here processions of moisture-laden clo...

Walk the Wildflower & Nature Trails at Paradise

They're world renown for a reason. In the summer months, (peak season from mid-July to mid-August) the meadows surrounding Paradise at Mt. Rainier become alive with color and folks come from all over the world ...

Ride the Mt. Rainier Railroad

It's scenic. It's historical. It's a great experience for train fanatics and anyone who appreciates a beautiful ride through the foothills. Board the Mt. Rainier Railroad in Elbe and take an 18-mile picturesque...

Discover Picture-Perfect Myrtle Falls

With bigger-than-life Mount Rainier as its backdrop, watch Myrtle Falls as it descends along Edith Creek. It's a classic view - and one of the signature views in Mount Rainier National Park. The falls skip a...

See New Exhibits at the Sunrise Visitor Center

At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park. The exhibits at the Sunrise Visitor Center tell the story of the Sunrise area of the pa...

Summit House Dining & Scenic Gondola Rides

Perched atop Crystal Mountain at 6,872 feet, the Summit House serves up breathtaking views and toe-warming treats. Energize your body with hearty soups, chili, gourmet pizzas, pasta, fondue and fresh salads, in...

Have Brunch at Paradise

Where else can you enjoy a delicious Sunday Brunch, dining in an historic, rustic lodge halfway up a mountain? The Sunday brunch at the Paradise Inn Dining Room is legendary. The locally sourced cuisine rivals ...

Hike the Sourdough Ridge Trail at Sunrise

Climb into alpine splendor on the family friendly Sourdough Ridge Trail. It's just the trail for those looking to experience the quintessential Sunrise area hike. The trail boasts in-your-face mountain views, a...

Celebrate National Park Week

It's a Presidentially proclaimed time to celebrate the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. During this week each year in mid-April, entrance fees are waived for all visitors. Visit...

Bike the Carbon River Road

Explore a unique ecosystem within the park - an inland temperate rainforest - and do it on the back of a bike. Although the Carbon River Entrance of the Park is the closest entrance to major population centers,...
Bison at Northwest Trek and Wildlife Park

Meet the Wildlife at Northwest Trek

Experience captivating Northwest wildlife. Along the beautiful, winding walking trails at Northwest Trek, view over 200 North American animals, representing over 30 species. The varied habitats of Northwest Tre...

Take the Gondola to Crystal Mountain’s Summit

Cruise over mountain meadows and babbling brooks on a ride up Crystal Mountain from the comfort of a fully-enclosed gondola. Skiers and foot passengers can all take a ride to the Crystal Mountain summit for cap...

Take a Drive Along a Scenic Byway

An incredible opportunity to experience the beauty surrounding Mt. Rainier, take a journey along the Chinook Byway to the north and along White Pass Scenic Byway to the south. These two nationally recognized by...

Catch a Trout at Mineral Lake

Touted as one of the best trout fishing lakes in Western Washington, Mineral Lake is no secret to many anglers. With over 100,000 fingerling rainbow trout planted each year, it's no wonder why it's regularly li...

Go Lowland Hiking | Top 10 Spring Hikes

By the time spring rolls around we are glad to see the snow melt. Though the snowy high country is sublime our hearts begin to yearn for that first long trill of a Varied Thrush, the pink flash of a salmonberry...

Stretch Winter With Spring Skiing

Welcome the season of warmer temps and fewer layers.... For those skiers itching to get in a few more runs before the gear is stowed away for the season, the Mt. Rainier area is home to Crystal Mountain Resort,...

Admire the Waterfalls

The waterfalls of Mt. Rainier are nothing short of spectacular and the snowmelt during spring offers the best opportunity to view the falls at their peak. Driving to Paradise and just a short walk from their re...

Take a Train Ride through the Foothills

All Aboard! Gain a new perspective of the Mount Rainier foothills on a vintage logging locomotive ride with the Mt. Rainier Railroad. Journey 18 miles along the countryside near the mountain and let the rhythm ...