Mount Rainier National Park

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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Denali And Rainier: Classic Climbs And Challenges

Mountaineers have a mystique all their own. They are the stuff of legends.

National Parks Being Lobbied To Do Away With Bottled Water, Install Filling Stations

It's been more than a year since bottled water and corporate America collided at Grand Canyon National Park, and the push continues to get more national parks to phase out packaged water in favor of fresh tap water and refillable bottles.
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Sharing The Wonders Of National Parks

Two weeks in Mount Rainier National Park left Russ Aquilar dirty, tired, and sore. But it also left him with a life-changing decision, to share the natural world with others.

Windows On Nature: The Ten Best National Park Webcam Sites In America

Webcams provide us with windows on the world. They allow armchair travelers to follow activity outside a Dublin pub, monitor traffic on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, and check on what’s happening at the International Space Station. Webcams also provide windows on nature, some of the best of which comes by way of cameras stationed in our national parks.

NPS Cultural Landscapes Explained And Featured On This Website

History buffs and students working on a class report are among potential users of a website that features cultural landscapes in the National Park System. Not with familiar the term "cultural landscapes"? This site can help fill in the gaps.

Birding In The National Parks: In The Wake Of The Christmas Bird Count

Did anyone partake in a Christmas Bird Count in or around our national parks? Preliminary reports from the field indicate some robust species counts.

Mount Rainier National Park Will Rehabilitate Camp Muir Historic District

Historic Camp Muir, a touchstone of sorts and a welcoming shelter for climbers on the upper reaches of Mount Rainier, will be rehabilitated by the National Park Service.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Moods Of Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is known for its subalpine meadows filled with bright, colorful wildflowers in late July to mid-September, depending on the year, but photographing the mountain in its many moods requires spending time on it throughout the year.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part II

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In this, the second of our two-part series, the Traveler looks at why some properties are not as well-maintained as you might expect.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part I

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In a two-part series, the Traveler looks at the highs and lows of upkeep in the National Park System.
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Mount Rainier National Park Has Transitioned To Winter Season Hours

Snowstorms so far this month have convinced officials at Mount Rainier National Park that it's time to move to winter hours in the park in Washington state.

Updated: Missing Snowshoers Found In Good Condition At Mount Rainier National Park

Two snowboarders who became stranded by a snowstorm at Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday were found Tuesday morning in good condition.

Search Under Way For Missing Snowboarders At Mount Rainier National Park

A search was under way Monday for two snowboarders who became lost in a winter storm at Mount Rainier National Park while descending the mountain.
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