Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park Ready For Summer Season

Barring an unpredicted snowstorm, beginning today Mount Rainier National Park will open the road from Longmire to Paradise 24 hours a day.

Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?

With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.

Snow, You Say? Mount Rainier National Park Has Received More Than 6' This Past Week

While the Plains states and Northeast have been drubbed again and again by winter in recent weeks, they've got nothing on Mount Rainier National Park. In the past week the park has received more than 6 feet of snow at Paradise.

Roadwork Will Slow Your Drive To Paradise

Unfortunately, roadwork will slow your drive to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park beginning early next month and running through the summer.

Reader Participation Day: Should A National Park Ever Host Winter Olympics Events?

With all the current attention on the Winter Olympics, we have a two-part question for this week's Reader Participation Day. In an earlier era, a U. S. National Park was one of three finalists vying for the right to host the 1932 Winter Olympics. Do you know which park was in contention then...and should a NPS site ever be considered for some events for a future Winter Games?

National Park Service Staffers Warned Not To 'Toke Up' In Washington State Or Colorado

Dude, if you value your National Park Service job, don't toke up, not even in Washington state or Colorado, where the adults 21 and older can light up legally.

Welcome Traveler's Newest Supporters And Advertisers

Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.

Finally, Enough Snow For Play At Paradise In Mount Rainier National Park

How can you tell the Pacific Northwest has been enduring a drought? There hasn't been enough snow -- until just recently -- to open the snow play areas at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. But they'll open tomorrow.

Former Mount Rainier National Park Employee Guilty Of Violating Clean Water Act

A former Mount Rainier National Park employee has been found guilty of violating the Clean Water Act, a felony, for letting nearly 200,000 gallons of sewage flow into the Nisqually River.

Essential Park Guide, Winter: Exchange Leafy Summer Trails For Snowy Forests

Winter in the National Park System often brings to mind frosty snowscapes, places where you can skim on skinny skis, or clomp along in snowshoes that, though a bit cumbersome, help you go places you might not venture without them.

Photography In The National Parks: Winter Essentials

At this time of year, winter waxes as fall wanes, so I thought it pertinent to now emphasize the concerns and rewards of winter photography, be it in the sub-zero temperatures of Yellowstone or along the balmy beaches of the Virgin Islands or the moss-carpeted downed tree trunks of Olympic National Park.

Winter Access To Mount Rainier National Park Will Be Seven Days A Week

With winter coming on, Mount Rainier National Park lovers will be glad to hear that the park will be open seven days a week this year beginning in late December.

Photography In The Parks: What's In Your Camera Bag?

What goes into Rebecca Latson's camera bag? We asked her that, and other, questions, with hopes the answers will benefit us all.

Rainier Guest Services Retains Concessions Contract For Mount Rainier National Park

Rainier Guest Services, which long has held the concessions contract for Mount Rainier National Park, has been awarded a new contract to operate food, lodging, and beverage services within the park.

Around The Parks: Vandals, Occupiers And Cyclists

As the government shutdown drags into its second week, there are increasing risks of vandalism in the National Park System and possibly even poaching, according to past National Park Service personnel.

A Year's Worth Of Mount Rainier National Park Views From The Resident Rangers

Though summer is coming to a close, not all folks in national parks head home. At Mount Rainier National Park and other parks there are quite a few year-round rangers. The following video captures a year's worth of seasons at Rainier from the viewpoint of those rangers.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Fall

As the harbinger of winter, the autumn season brings a sense of peace and introspection with its quiet isolation, broken only by the occasional haunting call of a bull elk. Crowds are fewer and dispersed. Colors are saturated. The air is clear and crisp. It’s these elements combined together that make fall my favorite season for photography.

Around The Parks: Fishers In North Cascades And Mount Rainier, Yosemite Youth Programs, Glacier Conservancy Gets CEO

Fisher recovery programs at North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, youth programs at Yosemite National Park, and the Glacier National Park Conservancy are among the news items from around the National Park System this week.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.

Star Party Coming To Mount Rainier National Park For Perseid Showers This Saturday

A star party is on the schedule at Mount Rainier National Park, where the Perseid Meteor Showers will be viewed from Paradise this coming Saturday.

How Big A Difference Is There Between Professional And "Recreational" Bike Events In National Parks When It Comes To Impacts?

When it comes to cycling events in national parks, how heavily should the National Park Service weigh whether an event is a professional race when deciding if it's a worthwhile event, and what other factors should it take into consideration?

Mount Rainier National Park Climbers Need To Be More Self-Reliant As Park Alters Rescue Techniques

The death of a climbing ranger last year at Mount Rainier National Park has prompted a shift in how the park uses helicopters on rescues. In the near-term, that means climbers could find themselves responsible for their own rescues.

30th Year Of RAMROD Ride Will Bring 800 Cyclists To Mount Rainier National Park

A "recreational" biking event will bring 800 cyclists to Mount Rainier National Park this week for the 30th Annual RAMROD, or Ride Around Mount Rainier In One Day.

Tracking "The Beat" Of Glaciers In North Cascades And Mount Rainier National Parks

Glaciers are the master craftsmen of mountains. Down through the centuries their massive weight grinds down and rearranges the face of mountains. Glaciologist Jon Riedel takes a look at these rivers of ice, and their impact on the landscapes of North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, in this captivating video.

Update 2: More Facilities At Mount Rainier National Park To Open By Fourth Of July

While many, if not most, national parks are deep into their summer seasons, at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state some facilities have yet to open. That should change by the Fourth of July, when the Sunrise Road, Sunrise Lodge, and Sunrise Visitor Center are scheduled to open.

Replacement Of Historic Chinook Entrance Arch At Mount Rainier National Park Should Make The CCC Proud

The Chinook Entrance Arch has served a dual purpose at the northeastern entrance to Mount Rainier National Park for nearly eight decades, but its useful life as both a rustic entrance portal and an overpass for hikers and pedestrians had come to an end. Now, thanks to work by skilled park crews, a nearly identical replacement is back in service.

Investigation: Multiple Errors Contributed To Death Of Mount Rainier National Park Climbing Ranger

Climbing ranger Nick Hall was struggling to control a rescue litter on an icy, 35-degree slope while being buffeted by the swirling downwash from a Chinook helicopter when he slipped and fell 2,400 feet down Mount Rainier to his death last June, a National Park Service investigation has found.
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