See fall colors, take a final campout, dine at the 100-year-old inn.
This weekend is the last chance this season to stay or dine at the 100-year-old Paradise Inn and look out on autumn colors of Mount Rainier National Park. The inn closes for the winter on Monday, Oct. 3, and won’t reopen until next May. (When we called at 4 p.m. Wednesday, there were “a lot of rooms available” for Sunday only, for one night, starting at $175 for 2 guests; 855-755-2275.)
As autumn progresses in the park, seasonal closures progress as well. Already closed for the season: visitor centers at Ohanapecosh and Sunrise; the Sunrise Day Lodge; and White River Campground.
The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise will adjust to winter hours after Monday, Oct. 11. Its winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekends only, with extended hours during the November and December holidays. The Longmire Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the fall/winter season.
The National Park Inn at Longmire remains open year-round for lodging and dining services.
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Campgrounds at Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh will remain open for camping until Oct. 10, with first-come, first-served availability. Picnic areas at Cougar Rock, Paradise, Box Canyon and Ohanapecosh have estimated closure dates later in October, dependent on weather.
Wilderness Information Centers at Longmire and White River will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Monday, Oct. 10. After that, backcountry permits will be issued through the Longmire Museum or Carbon River Ranger Station (call 360-569-6624 for hours). The Climbing Information Center at Paradise has closed for the season; climbers must register at the Jackson Visitor Center on Saturdays and Sundays, or self-register at the Paradise Ranger Station.
A paving project is taking place in the Paradise parking lots through Friday, Sept. 30. Parking will be limited and flaggers will direct visitors to available parking. Check the current status of roads, facilities, campgrounds and trails on the park website, www.nps.gov/mora.