Entrance Fees Waived at Mount Rainier for National Park WeekEntrance Fees Waived at Mount Rainier for National Park Week
The Secretary of the Interior has announced that there will be free admission to all national parks during National Park Week, April 17 to 25.
"National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences, and provide places of quiet refuge," said National Park Service Director and former Mount Rainier Superintendent Jon Jarvis. "Most people live within a short drive of a national park so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying Americas great outdoors during National Park Week."
While most roads in Mount Rainier National Park have not opened yet for the season, the main park entrance on the southwest side of the mountain (State Route 706) is open, providing access to Longmire and Paradise. At Longmire, the National Park Inn and Longmire Museum are open daily. The Inn offers food service, a gift shop/general store, and overnight lodging. The Longmire Museum provides visitor information, exhibits and book sales. The Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise is open on weekends only at this time of year. It will begin full time operation on May 8.
Guided snowshoe walks have been discontinued for the season. The snowplay (sledding) hill is still open but is no longer being groomed.
Although spring has arrived, the park has been experiencing heavy snowfall at higher elevations. Paradise currently has about 13 ½ feet of snow on the ground. Snow tires are advised for travel to Paradise and chains may be required at times. Visitors should come prepared for sudden changes in weather.