Mount Rainier National Park will waive entrance fees for Get Outdoors Day
June 8, 2012 · 12:49 PM
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to Mount Rainier National Park Saturday.
In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national park sites, including Mount Rainier National Park, will waive entrance fees.
"Outdoor physical activity is an essential park of a healthy lifestyle and Mount Rainier is a great place to get out and enjoy snow-free areas such as the Trail of the Shadows at Longmire or the Carbon River and Ohanapecosh areas," Park Superintendent Randy King said in a press release.
Park roads currently open include Nisqually Entrance to Paradise, Westside Road, Stevens Canyon, State Routes 123 and 410 and the White River Road to the White River Campground.
Park Road Crews are in the process of removing the winter snowpack from the Sunrise Road in anticipation of having the road open to the public by June 22 (conditions permitting). Sunrise Visitor Center and Sunrise Lodge Snack Bar & Gift Shop are scheduled to open for the season June 29.
The free public shuttle between Longmire and Paradise will begin operation on June 22 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and from Ashford (Saturday, Sunday only).
National Get Outdoors Day, now in its fifth year, encourages Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities while enjoying the beauty of public lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Nationwide, hundreds of organizations and businesses will partner with Federal, state, and local agencies to provide fun and healthy events at sites throughout the country.
President Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of June as Great Outdoors Month and encourages all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors.
At Mount Rainier visitors are invited to join a volunteer project: (1) a campground opening project for all ages at Longmire at 9:30 a.m. (details); or (2) a trail maintenance project on the Comet Falls Trails with the Washington Trails Association.
Or, go for a hike on many of our lower elevation trails, complete a Junior Ranger booklet at one of our visitor centers, or play in more than 10 feet of snow that still blankets the subalpine meadows at Paradise!
Mount Rainier National Park will waive its $15 entrance fee on four more days in 2012- Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).