All about Mount Rainier National Park

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It isn’t uncommon for visitors to Mount Rainier National Park to wonder where Mount Rainier is.  At times it feels like Mount Rainier spends more times hidden by clouds that being seen.  When Mount Rainier makes an appearance it is an impressive sight.  Standing at 14,411 feet tall, Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington.  She looks like a peaceful snow-covered mountain, but she is actually a massive volcano.    She is one of the most dangerous volcanos in the United States.  While she is currently dormant, that could change.  It is important to visit this park before an eruption changes the face of the mountain.

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Mount Rainier National Park Profile

Region Pacific-West Region
Park Size

2,219,791 acres (3468.42 sq miles) (8983.18 sq km)

About the size of the island of Puerto Rico

Elevation Highest point: 14,411 feet (4,392 m) at the summit of Mount Rainier
Lowest point: 1,610 feet (490 m) at Ohanapecosh River
Location Pierce County and Lewis County, Washington
Nearby Cities Tacoma, Washington
Founding Date Mount Rainier National Park – March 2, 1899
Visitors  1,416,000 (in 2017) 
Busy Season June to September, Weekends during the winter
Visitor Centers

Longmire Museum – Open Year Around

Henry M Jackson Memorial Visitor Center – Open Early May to Mid October, Weekends and Holidays from Late October to April

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center – Late Open Early May to Mid October June to Mid September

Sunrise Visitor Center – July to Mid September

Longmire Wilderness Information Center – Early May to Mid October

White River Wilderness Information Center – July to Mid September

Carbon River Ranger Station – Early May to Mid October

Paradise Wilderness Information Center – April to October

Park Hours Open 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees

7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30

7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25

7-day Individual Pass – $15

Annual Pass

Mount Rainier National Park Pass – $55

American the Beautiful Pass – $80

Pets Yes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Mount Rainier Pet Policy.
Mount Rainier National Park Climate 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Average high in °F: 23 24 26 30 38 43
Average low in °F: 12 12 13 16 22 27
Av. precipitation in inch: 18 13 13 8 6 4
Av. Snowfall in inch: 100 92 91 68 26 6
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in °F: 51 53 46 37 26 22
Average low in °F: 33 34 30 23 15 11
Av. precipitation in inch: 2 2 5 10 20 17
Av. Snowfall in inch: 0 0 1 24 100 100


Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than a 4-hour drive):

  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Ross Lake National Recreation Area
  • Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle Unit)
  • San Juan Islands National Historical Park
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • Ebby’s Landing National Historical Reserve
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Check out nearby National Park Service Sites (less than an 8-hour drive):

  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Redwoods National and State Parks
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
  • WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (Tule Lake Unit)
  • Lava Beds National Monument

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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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