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General Information about Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier from Ricksecker Point in Mount Rainier National Park
© Angela M. Brown (2008)
On clear days, Mount Rainier dominates the Seattle-Tacoma skyline, towering over the metropolis in breathtaking beauty. "The Mountain", as it's known by natives, draws your eyes like a magnet. It also draws over two million visitors each year. Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills were designated as a national park in 1899.
The roads and highways surrounding Mount Rainier National Park do not combine to form a single loop. Therefore, visitors must choose from one of four different park entrances. Each entrance leads to a different series of unique activities and mountain views. Most enter from the Nisqually entrance at the southwest corner of the park in order to access the popular Longmire and Paradise areas. The other gateways include Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner, White River at the northeast, and Carbon River in the northwest.
Park Transportation and Tours in Mount Rainier National Park
The National Park Service provides free shuttle service between the town of Ashford and Longmire, and between Longmire and Paradise.
The following companies provide transportation and/or tours to Mount Rainier National Park.
- Evergreen Escapes (866-203-7603)
- Gray Line of Seattle (800-426-7505)
- Tours Northwest (888-293-1404)
Other Things to Know about Mount Rainier National Park
- Parks entrance fees are required.
- There are no gas stations within Mount Rainier National Park.
- Pick up a copy of the Tahoma News, at the park entrance or a visitor center, for the most up-to-date info on Mount Rainier events, conditions, safety tips, and more.
- Campsite reservations for the Cougar Rock Campground or the Ohanapecosh Campground can be made through Recreation.gov web site.
- Pets in the park are discouraged, and are allowed in very few areas.
- Wheelchair-accessible lodging, camping, trails, and visitor centers are available.
- Bicycles are not permitted on any trails in the park.
- You can call (360) 569-2211 to get additional Mount Rainier National Park information, including camping, road, and trail conditions.