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October 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Mount Rainier National Park going into fall/winter operating schedule

Now that fall is in full swing and winter coming up quickly on its heels, Mount Rainier National Park is also preparing for the seasonal change.

The road to Sunrise is now closed at the White River Campground gate. The road between White River Campground and State Route 410 will be kept open through Oct. 30, weather permitting. Hikers and bicyclists still have access to the Sunrise Road.

All public facilities at Sunrise are closed as park maintenance personnel are conducting their annual job of shutting down water, electrical and heat systems; boarding up facilities to protect them from the winter snows; and placing snow poles to identify road alignments during next spring’s road opening.

This same process will continue into the fall at White River and Ohanapecosh.

At Paradise, the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, Paradise Camp Deli and Gift Shop will go to a winter schedule being open on weekends and holidays only. Visitor Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The historic Paradise Inn is now closed for the season.

The National Park Inn and General Store and the Longmire Museum are open daily throughout the year, providing visitor information, overnight accommodations, dining, and gifts. To make reservations at the National Park Inn call 360-569-2275, or go online to Mount Rainier Guest Services website.

For online information on visitor services and accommodations in the gateway communities surrounding the park go to the following Visit Rainier website.

Park visitors are reminded that weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains during this time of the year.

Be prepared for inclement weather and possible ice and snow on park roads.

Effective November 1, all vehicles (including 4-wheel and all-wheel-drive) are required to carry tire chains that fit your vehicle, while in the park.

For additional information, check the Mount Rainier National Park Service website or call 360-569-2211.

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