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…More
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…More
Washington State Parks will be free on 12 days this year. Visitors won’t have to buy a $10 daily Discover Pass to visit (nor the $30 annual pass). Here are the free days for 2014: Jan 19 and 20 – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday April 19…More
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…More
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…More
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:More
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…More
“When I put the flag up today it felt so good,” said Ranger Maureen McLean at Mount Rainier National Park, as Rainier and Washington’s other national parks reopened Thursday.
They were among hundreds of parks, monuments and historic sites across the nation reopening after the 16-day government shutdown.
Park gates and some visitor centers are open, but it might be a couple days before all is again running smoothly. At Rainier:
- Gates were open Thursday morning, with the normal $15 per vehicle admission fee. Paradise and Stevens Canyon roads are
If you’re planning an outing to a National Forest or National Park, expect to find closed gates in many places, and good luck nailing down information on where you’re heading: Basically, staffers have almost all shut the doors and gone home, or aren’t answering phones, because of the federal government shutdown.
A phone call Tuesday to the Outdoor Recreation Information Center at Seattle’s REI store, usually a good source of information on both National Forests and National Parks, got this recorded message: “Because of the federal government shutdown we have been furloughed. We cannot check phone messages until the government reopens.”
National parks and their campgrounds are closed, and rangers are giving backcountry hikers and campers 48 hours to get out of the parks. Try to even check the Mount RainierMore
Looking for a day trip to entertain Labor Day visitors? When you’re done with Bumbershoot, head for Bainbridge Island, where the famed Bloedel Reserve public garden celebrates its 25th anniversary with the Friday opening of its first-ever outdoor sculpture exhibit.
The 150-acre garden, the former estate of timber baron Prentice Bloedel and his wife, Virginia, is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 gardens in the nation. The exhibit, entitled “An Experience: Sculpture in the Landscape,” features 12 unique pieces by Northwest sculptor Julie Speidel. The artworks will be installed throughout the grounds in key areas including the Moss Garden, Japanese Garden, and on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Speidel says she drew inspiration for the works fromMore