Mount Rainier National Park

New Webcam Debuts At Mount Rainier National Park

Technology (sadly, perhaps) means you no longer need to climb Mount Rainier to get a good view from near the roof of Mount Rainier National Park.
Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks Millions of people visit our national parks each year, and some never leave. See iconic landscapes through the eyes of bed makers, bridge builders, rangers, and wranglers. Rip through rapids, disappear inside canyons, and witness personal transformations from petrified forest to permafrost. Learn what it's like to ditch the mainstream and make a life in our nation's best idea.

Deep Snow Delaying Opening of Sunrise Area at Mount Rainier National Park

Too much snow will keep the Sunrise campgrounds in Mount Rainier National Park closed through the Fourth of July weekend and until at least July 8, according to park officials.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Finding Paradise At Mount Rainier National Park

One truly can find Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, as lodging experts David and Kay Scott, authors of The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges, discovered when they reached the park on their national park odyssey.

Search Under Way Tuesday For Missing Climber In Mount Rainier National Park

Winds gusting to 55 mph hampered a search at Mount Rainier National Park for a 50-year-old Washington man felled by illness high on the mountain.

Odds and Ends From Around the National Parks To Kickoff The Summer Travel Season

With spring still on its way to the Rockies and High Sierra, and summer well under way in some parts of the country, this seems a perfect time to honor all 2010 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, consider ways to support national parks, and look at ways to enjoy the parks.

Summer Special: A Potpourri Of Summertime Adventures In the National Park System

Summer easily is the best time of year to get out and get sweaty in the National Park System, if only because the warmer weather makes more opportunities available. In time to help you plan your summer vacation, here's a potpourri of outdoor adventures in the parks.

Slight Boost In Climbing Fees Approved For Mount Rainier National Park

A slight increase -- the cost of about four cups of coffee at Starbucks -- has been approved for the annual climbing passes sold at Mount Rainier National Park.

Reader Participation Day: Should Costs Of Operating Special Programs In the Parks Be Shared By All?

Should the National Park Service do away with special use fees and simply spread the costs of running special programs across all those who enter the parks?

Issue Of Climbing Fees At Denali National Park Raises Questions Of Fee Equity

Climbing at high elevations is a highly specialized sport, and the support network for those who aspire to summit Mount McKinley in Denali National Park is a million-dollar proposition. While park officials believe climbers should bear more of that cost, the climbing community is pushing back.
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Major Road Work Coming to Stevens Canyon In Mount Rainier National Park

Travel across the southern half of Mount Rainier National Park will become difficult, and impossible in some areas, this fall as needed roadwork leads to closure of some sections of the Stevens Canyon Road. More closures, and some delays, are scheduled for 2012 and 2013.

Science in the National Parks: The Video

Along with offering incredible landscapes to explore, the National Park System offers researchers incredible "laboratories" to learn more about the world around us, as this short video explains.

Photo Exhibit To Benefit Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks

Another photo exhibit is scheduled to benefit national parks, this one in Seattle with the proceeds to go towards programs at Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades national parks.

Carbon River Road At Mount Rainier National Park Being Transformed Into A Trail

Rather than continue battling storms that frequently washout the Carbon River Road in the northwestern corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the National Park Service has redesignated the road as a trail for hikers and cyclists.

The Fire Lookouts of Mount Rainier National Park

While many fire lookouts across the National Park System are no longer actively staffed, thanks to higher tech options for monitoring lighting strikes, many of these lookouts remain, aging sentinels that recall an earlier day of fire prevention in the national forests and parks. Here's a look at some of the lookouts to be found within Mount Rainier National Park.

Watching Climate Change Across the National Park System

Across the National Park System many changes are expected from climate change, from more wildfires and vanishing glaciers to invasions of non-native species and flight of long-term residents. Writer/photographer Michael Lanza, concerned that today's park landscapes will change significantly by the time his young kids are his age, has been touring the park system with his family to show his children what they might miss later in life.

The Winner of the 2010 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest May Surprise You

When you hear the term "historic landmark" you may tend to think of man-made features or places where a notable event occurred, but the National Historic Landmark program encompasses much more than buildings and battlefields. The 2010 National Historic Landmark Photo Contest confirms that variety with this year's winning entry, a photo of a … mountain.

Snapshots of Where To Winter in the National Park System, Cold Weather Edition

Winter long has been regarded as the slow season for national park visits, and that's a good thing if you prefer to have the parks to yourself. With most travelers confined by school schedules to the summer months, and many convinced winter is a bad time to be outdoors, you can savor the best of the parks from coast to coast in winter. Here are some snapshots of wintry fun in the parks that bear that out.
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Finding Winter Bliss in a National Park Lodge

Winter can be a blissful time to visit the national parks. You can head south, and enjoy the warm weather and simply pitch your tent, or you can head to the snow belt and explore the parks on skis or snowshoes. But where should you stay? We asked our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, for their recommendations.

Winter, A Season of Contrasts Across the National Park System

This week the Traveler offers you a series of stories to help you enjoy the coming months in the national parks. We'll take a look at some great lodges to call home for your visit, point out some cold-weather -- and warm-weather -- parks to enjoy (and how to enjoy them), touch on seasonal wildlife moves, and even offer some suggestions on how to stay safe in the parks.

Climbing Fees Proposed to Increase at Denali, Mount Rainier National Parks

Proposals controversial with the climbing community -- to hike the permit fees for climbing Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Mount Rainier in its namesake park -- will be open to public review in the weeks and months ahead.

End of Summer Season Coming For Mount Rainier, Voyageurs National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument

If you live near, or can travel to, Mount Rainier or Voyageurs national parks, or Cedar Breaks National Monument, for one last fall fling, now's the time to do it.

Reader Participation Day: Can We Afford to Save All Historic Lodges in National Parks?

Whether you hold a sentimental tie to national park lodgings, or look at them nostalgically, can we afford to hold onto all historic lodge facilities in the National Park System?

Mojave Desert Land Trust Secures More than 950 Acres for Joshua Tree National Park

Earlier this month we mentioned how the Trust for Public Lands had secured more than 400 acres for Mount Rainier National Park. Now we can pass on that the Mojave Desert Land Trust has obtained more than 950 acres for Joshua Tree National Park.

Stargazing Scheduled for Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Rainier National Parks This Weekend

Here's hoping for clear skies Saturday night in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Mount Rainier National Park, where rangers will be leading stargazing programs.

Updated: Possible Increase In Climbing Fees at Denali, Mount Rainier National Parks Condemned by Climbers

Worries that it might get more expensive to climb Mount McKinley in Denali National Park or Mount Rainier in its namesake park have prompted three climbing groups to ask National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis to stave off any increases.

Trust For Public Land Helps Improve Carbon River Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park

In a surprising announcement, the Trust for Public Lands has said it has been able to acquire a 440-acre parcel of land for Mount Rainier National Park. The announcement is surprising in its timing, as it mentions a relocation of the road and campground in the park's Carbon River Entrance on the heels of a Park Service announcement concerning access via that entrance.

What Sort of Access Do You Want to the Carbon River Area of Mount Rainier National Park?

Mount Rainier National Park officials, no doubt weary of having to rebuild the Carbon River Road for vehicles, are proposing to transform that entry into the park into one for hikers and bikers only.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors Delight Motorists on National Park Roads -- Part II, the Ozarks and Western States

When it comes to autumnal splendor, the Eastern parks get the lion's share of national publicity, but there's some mighty fine leaf peeping to be enjoyed on the park roads in western states and the Ozarks too. Here's how to find some of the best of it.
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