Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

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VISIT Mount Rainier National Park:

Park Details

Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899, and has a total area of 236,382 acres (369 square miles, or 957 square kilometers).

Address 55210 238th Avenue East, Ashford, WA, 98304
Phone360-569-2211
HoursOpen all year, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Mount Rainier National Park is the 48th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Mount Rainier National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Mount Rainier National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Mount Rainier National Park are July, June, August & September.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits12,93311,74332,10129,632106,136219,641365,200378,305184,16674,35548,24839,161
Precipitation2811851931289465243060152305270
Avg Temp384145515863707067564538
Max Temp505360687679848481735949
Avg Temp292932364246525248413428
Min Temp131421263137424336292111
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Mount Rainier National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Mount Rainier National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
The Cascades Mountains Ski Trip4417
Mt. Rainier Scenic Byway Road Trip3254
Olympic, Mount Rainier to Mount St. Helens3967

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Mount Rainier National Park.

NameDistance
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area81 mi
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site95 mi
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve104 mi
Olympic National Park112 mi
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park113 mi
North Cascades National Park113 mi
San Juan Island National Historical Park125 mi
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve159 mi
Whitman Mission National Historic Site166 mi
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve186 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Mount Rainier National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Cougar Rock - Mount Rainier National ParkEnumclaw, WA more 6 miles
White River - Mount Rainier National ParkEnumclaw, WA more 6 miles
Mowich Lake - Mount Rainier National ParkEnumclaw, WA more 8 miles
Ipsut Creek - Mount Rainier National ParkEnumclaw, WA more 10 miles
Evans CreekCarbonado, WA more 11 miles
Ohanapecosh - Mount Rainier National ParkEnumclaw, WA more 12 miles
Big CreekAshford, WA more 13 miles
Summit CreekRandle, WA more 14 miles
Silver SpringsGreenwater, WA more 14 miles
La Wis WisPackwood, WA more 14 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Mount Rainier National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Crystal MountainEnumclaw, WA7,012 ft63%12 mi
White PassNaches, WA6,550 ft49%22 mi
The Summit at SnoqualmieSnoqualmie Pass, WA3,865 ft50%43 mi
Mission RidgeWenatchee, WA6,820 ft58%69 mi
Stevens PassLeavenworth, WA5,845 ft55%69 mi
Ski BluewoodDayton, WA5,670 ft42%78 mi
Badger MountainEast Wenatchee, WA3,800 ft38%89 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Mount Rainier National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Mount Rainier National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA49 mi
Portland International AirportPDXPortland, OR96 mi
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC175 mi
Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB457 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Mount Rainier National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Boeing Field King County International AirportBFISeattle, WA54 mi
Yakima Air Terminal McAllister FieldYKMYakima, WA60 mi
Snohomish County (Paine Field) AirportPAEEverett, WA77 mi
William R Fairchild International AirportCLMPort Angeles, WA120 mi
Tri Cities AirportPSCPasco, WA131 mi
Bellingham International AirportBLIBellingham, WA139 mi
Victoria International AirportYYJVictoria, BC146 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.