With fresh snow in the Cascades and consistently cold temperatures, visitors to Mount Rainier National Park can enjoy a variety of independent winter recreation opportunities, including backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and taking in the sights around Longmire and Paradise.
At this time, the snow play area directly north of the Paradise parking lot is not yet in operation. The snow level is currently not deep enough to protect the fragile meadow vegetation during park grooming operations. The park will be monitoring snow depth over the next week to determine when the snow play area can be groomed and opened for public use.
The Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. through January 1, then resume its weekend/holiday schedule.
The National Park Inn at Longmire remains open throughout the winter for lodging, food, gifts and rental gear.
Be sure to check weather conditions and road gate status before heading to the park. As always, gear up for winter weather and prepare for icy road conditions so that you can enjoy a safe visit.