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Category: Parks
March 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Long Beach Peninsula to Paradise

So there hasn’t been a lot of “lamb” about this March around Seattle. It’s been mostly a really cranky lion — with almost 5 inches more rain than normal for the month. Need a change of scene? Here are three quick ideas to get you out of town:


0 Comments | More in List, national parks, Northwest, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: kite flying, kite museum, Long Beach

March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Happy birthday, state parks: Get in free Wednesday (or buy a pass and help save them)

Help celebrate the 101st birthday of Washington State Parks on Wednesday. Admission to all state parks is free for the day, a nice thing if you can’t afford a Discover Pass, usually required for entry. But here’s another idea. You know how fire departments have made the change to daylight saving time into a “replace the…


0 Comments | Topics: Discover Pass, state parks anniversay, state parks budget

March 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Olympic moves to No. 5 among most-visited national parks

Washington state’s Olympic National Park is No. 5 on a newly issued list of 2013′s most-visited national parks in the United States. The park moved up two notches on the list from the prior year. New statistics from the National Park Service show Olympic park visitors numbered 3,085,340 last year, up from 2,824,908 in 2012. The…


| Topics: most-visited national parks, mount rainier national park, olympic national park

February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Road work to slow midweek visits to Mount Rainier for months

Planning a weekday snowshoeing expedition to avoid the crowds at Narada Falls? If a midweek trip to Mount Rainier is in your plans, you might want to go soon. After that, your drive could take a half-hour longer each way. Mount Rainier National Park officials announced Tuesday that rehabilitation of 17.6 miles of road between the…


0 Comments | More in highways, national parks, Northwest, Parks | Topics: mount rainier, mount rainier national park, Paradise road

February 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges this weekend

Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge. All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. In Washington, that includes Mount…


0 Comments | More in Fees, national parks, Northwest, Outdoors, Parks, U.S. Forest Service | Topics: fee-free days, mount rainier, national forests

January 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Mount Rainier’s snow-play area opens this weekend

Holiday-weekend revelers, rejoice. It’s time for tubing and sliding at Paradise. The snow-play hill at the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park finally has enough snow to open this Saturday, Jan. 18, according to the park’s Twitter feed. And there’s a bonus: Entry to the park is free on Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of…


0 Comments | More in national parks, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: mount rainier national park, paradise, sledding area

December 31, 2013 at 9:41 AM

National park workers offer new-year resolutions

OK, admittedly this is a blatant bit of PR that came in email today for America’s national parks, but it’s also kind of a fun New Year’s reminder of the diversity of folks who work for the National Park Service, which spent a lot of time in the spotlight this past year thanks to October’s…


0 Comments | More in national parks, Parks | Topics: national parks, new year's resolutions, YouTube

November 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

A winter user’s guide to Mount Rainier National Park

Snowshoers thread through winter woods in Mount Rainier National Park. (archive photo by Ellen M. Banner/The SeattleTimes)

Snowshoers thread through winter woods in Mount Rainier National Park. (archive photo by Ellen M. Banner/The SeattleTimes)

Take a look at the webcam for Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise and you’ll see that snow is starting to pile up at Mount Rainier National Park. As visions of snowshoes dance in park lover’s heads, park staffers are preparing for winter operations and visitors.

“Mount Rainier provides outstanding winter recreation opportunities and has been doing so for over 100 years,”  Park Superintendent Randy King said in an email. “It’s a wonderful time to visit the park and area, provided visitors come well-prepared for the snow and road conditions.  Safe backcountry travel in winter requires an especially high level of preparation, caution, and knowledge.”

The park will transition to winter hours of operation and service on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Here’s a roundup of what to expect all winter:


0 Comments | More in national parks, Outdoors, Parks | Topics: mount rainier, mount rainier national park, Mount Rainier winter

October 23, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Celebrate stars, and the state’s big telescope, in Goldendale

Combine a fall-color drive over Satus Pass or up the Columbia River Gorge this weekend with a celebration of the night sky and the state observatory at Goldendale. Goldendale Observatory State Park celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday, with a farewell to retired longtime interpretive specialist Stephen Stout and a welcome to Troy Carpenter, who took…


0 Comments | Topics: astronomy, fall drives, Goldendale

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