COVID Winter Vacation Planner | Visit Rainier
Mount Rainier covered with snow in the Winter

Visit Rainier Winter Vacation Planner

What’s open this winter during COVID?

In the Mount Rainier region the cabins, vacation rentals, lodges, and resorts are open. Restaurants, shops, and most attractions are open with restrictions that reduce occupancy. Most of our restaurants are focused heavily on “to-go” dining. Mount Rainier National Park, Crystal Mountain Resort, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Recycled Iron Spirits Sculpture Park, Thunder Dome Car Museum are open. Echo River Ranch and EZ Times Outfitters are both offering guided trail rides. 

Is Crystal Mountain Resort open? Are the gondola rides available this season? 

Yes, however, reservations are required for the foreseeable future. Tickets, equipment, and lessons must be pre-purchased online. Walk-up tickets have been discontinued. Hours and occupancy for gondola rides are restricted to off-peak times with limited quantities. These new policies are in effect to allow the resort to closely monitor attendance and crowding levels in order to meet the Governor’s Safe Start COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. For more information on visiting Crystal Mountain please click here.

Is there a recommended quarantine period for people from out of state who want to visit?

Yes, in response to rising cases of COVID-19 across our state and the nation, Governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington, has recommended a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and has asked Washington residents to stay close to home. 

Do I need to wear a mask when I visit? 

The Department of Health (DOH) asks everyone in Washington State to wear a face-covering in public areas, shared spaces, both indoors and outdoors. This is a mandatory requirement, as directed by Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman. There are some exemptions to the DOH order, including people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of 2. (Officials encourage the use of a face-covering by children ages 3-5 if possible. Children 5 and older must wear a face covering.) Additionally, face coverings may be removed in certain circumstances such as when sitting and eating or drinking at a restaurant, and while outdoors in public areas as long as the recommended six-foot distance is easily maintained.

What is the case number like for the Mount Rainier area? 

The Mount Rainier region encompasses three counties Pierce, King, and Lewis Counties. Each county lists public health information pertaining to COVID-19 online. Click the links below for more details. 

Is Mount Rainier National Park open during COVID-19? 

The park is open however a visit to the mountain will feel different this winter. All MRNP visitor centers are closed. The Ranger-Led snowshoe walks are canceled. There is no food service at Paradise, and the Jackson Visitor Center will remain closed due to COVID-19. This means at Paradise there is no place to warm up or seek shelter other than a visitor’s vehicle. The restrooms at Paradise are open however they are not heated. To download a free PDF info sheet from Mount Rainier National Park click here. The National Park Inn at Longmire is open offering lodging. The dining room at the National Park Inn is open offering “to-go” dining only. The General Store at Longmire is open however due to the reduced occupancy limits there may be a long queue line of shoppers waiting to get into the store. Shoppers are encouraged to “pack your patience” and socially distance while in line to enter the general store. 

Do you have a travel guide you can send me? 

We provide digital guides for all four seasons. Click the links below to download free winter editions of our annual travel guides.

Winter Edition

Where can you go for the best skiing, snowshoeing, romantic weekend, spa retreat, or the coziest solo adventure at Mount Rainier? 

This edition of the Winter Vacation Planner is designed for people traveling without kids. Look for a quiet mountain escape or a thrilling snow-covered adventure. Plan a relaxing spa retreat and book a cabin to curl up by the fire. Download this free winter vacation planner for tips on where to stay, play, and dine around Rainier.

Winter Family Edition

What can you do with kids this winter at Mount Rainier?

Find out in our family edition. We put the spotlight on restaurants with kid menus and trails that are easy on the littles. Download a copy of the planner to read about the amazing holiday experience THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN RIDE at the Mt. Rainier Railroad. Ranger-led snowshoeing tours at Mount Rainier National Park. Wildlife watching at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. A horseback riding tour through a winter wonderland and a whole lot more! Come play at the most natural playground in the Pacific Northwest.