Date: April 9, 2014
Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park are advised that effective Thursday, April 10, the gate between Longmire and Paradise will remain open 24 hours. Some overnight closures may still occur during inclement weather periods. All vehicles entering the park are required to carry tire chains in their vehicle through May 1. Road and weather conditions can deteriorate quickly during Spring storms and traction tires may be advised or chains may be required at any time. Please obey the posted traction requirements to avoid accidents.
The Paradise snow play area and guided snow shoe walks have ended for the season.
Road rehabilitation work is currently underway between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire. Visitors can expect to encounter large equipment, truck hauling and rough road conditions, with delays up to 30 minutes. Drive with caution.
The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center is open weekends only, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Paradise Camp Deli, located within the visitor center, is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
The historic Paradise Inn is scheduled to open for the 2014 season on Wednesday, May 21. Reservations for Paradise Inn and the National Park Inn at Longmire can be made by phone – 360-569-2275, or online at www.mtrainierguestservices.com. The National Park Inn at Longmire is open daily and Spring is a great time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountain during an overnight stay. The National Park Inn will be offering an Easter Brunch to the public on Sunday, April 20. For reservations, call 360-569-2411.
Check road and weather conditions before coming to the park. The park's twitter feed provides the latest on road status. View conditions at Paradise, Longmire, and Carbon River on the park webcams http://www.nps.gov/mora/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.
Businesses outside the park in the gateway communities also offer lodging, food services, equipment rentals, get-away packages and other amenities. For local business information web sites visit: www.visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.minerallake.com, www.destinationpackwood.com, or www.mtrainierguestservices.com.
At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. From various locations around the park you can see four other Cascade volcanoes: Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Mount Hood, in northern Oregon, from Paradise Meadows.