Visitor Shuttle Service to Begin June 19

DATE: 6/15/09

For Immediate Release

Donna Rahier, 360-569-2211, x2301
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Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Randy King advises that park visitors
will once again be able to utilize the free visitor shuttle for
transportation into the park from Ashford, Longmire and Paradise during the
2009 summer season. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the shuttle will run
daily between Longmire and Paradise with stops at Cougar Rock and Narada
Falls on the uphill run, and stopping at Comet Falls and Cougar Rock on the
downhill run. At Longmire, visitors will board the shuttle at the historic
Longmire Gas Station. On Saturday and Sunday, only, visitors can board the
shuttle in Ashford at Whittaker’s Summit Haus (on SR 161), connecting with
the Paradise Shuttle in Longmire.< /p>

Since parking at Paradise will be limited again this summer due to
construction work on the lower parking area adjacent to the old Jackson
Visitor Center, an additional shuttle will transport visitors to and from
the Paradise Valley Road, where overflow parking will be directed.< /p>

The shuttle service will run through September 6, 2009.< /p>

For shuttle schedules and other park information, check the park’s web page
at /mora.< /p>


The National Park Service has announced three fee-free weekends this summer
to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national
treasures. At Mount Rainier and other national parks, all park entrance
fees, including commercial tour entrance fees, will be waived on the
following dates: June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16, 2009. These fee
free weekends are in addition to the usual fee free days: National Public
Lands Day, which falls on September 26 this year, and Veterans Day,
November 11.< /p>

In addition to supporting affordable vacations for families, the Park
Service hopes to give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area.
Visitor spending in Pierce County last year totaled $968.1 million. Mount
Rainier National Park tourism dollars contributed $50.7 million into the
local economy.< /p>

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