Planning a trip to North Cascades National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting North Cascades National Park, Washington.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park Basics

Region: Pacific-West / West / Pacific Northwest

Park Size: 504,654 acres (788.52 sq miles) (2042.26 sq km)

Location: Whatcom, Skagit, and Chelan counties

Closest Cities: Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Busy Season: July to August

Visitation: 38,208 (in 2019)

How much does North Cascades National Park Cost?

North Cascades National Park does not charge an entrance fee.

When is North Cascades National Park Open?

North Cascades National Park is open year-round, but winter road access can be limited

Are dogs allowed in North Cascades National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in North Cascades National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on trails except the Pacific Crest Trail. Please review the North Cascades Pet Policy before bringing your dog to North Cascades.

Where are North Cascades National Park’s visitor centers?

North Cascades Visitor Center – Summer Season

Park and Forest Information Center – Summer Season

Wilderness Information Center – Summer Season

Golden West Visitor Center – Summer Season

Glacier Public Service Center – Staffed during the summer season

Methow Valley Ranger Station – Open Year Round

Skagit Information Center – Open Year Round

Land Acknowledgment

The National Park known as North Cascades National Park sits on Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka’pamux), Coast Salish, Skagit, Nuxwsa’7aq (Nooksack), Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka’pamux), and Syilx tmixʷ (Okanagan) land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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