Special to the Mountain News-WA
The National Park Service has sent the folowing press release to the Mountain News, announcing the waiver of entrance fees for this weekend in celebration of National Park Week.
ENJOY YOUR NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE THIS WEEKEND!
This Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will be able to visit the park for free. Fees will be waived at all national park areas throughout the weekend as the kickoff to National Park Week, which is April 20-24.
Visitors to Mount Rainier will find that winter is still very present in the Paradise area with over 5 feet of snow remaining on the ground. The area has received close to 2 feet of snow in the past several days, but the forecast is for improving weather.
The Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center will be open on the weekend offering exhibits, food, visitor information and a bookstore/gift shop. In addition, the National Park Inn at Longmire is open daily and offers lodging, food, ski rental and gifts.
Beginning April 20, the gate between Longmire and Paradise will remain open 24-hours a day. State Routes 410 and 123 are open on the east side of the park. Stevens Canyon Road remains closed due to a rock/mud slide. Contractors will be working on removal in the near future. The White River Road to White River Campground is projected to open May 1. Visitors are required to carry tire chains in their vehicles when traveling in the park until May 1.
Spring is a great time to enjoy the park. Lower elevation trails are snow free, but snowshoeing and cross country skiing can still be enjoyed in the Paradise area.
FIND YOUR PARK
Mount Rainier National Park joins the national Find Your Park Movement with parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched last week by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place — it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
“Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18 – 26.
Mount Rainier Superintendent says: “Find Your Park not only applies to the national parks, but to all public parks, lands and spaces as well. Find a place you love to be inspired, and enjoy during National Park Week, and every week!”
Visit http://www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.
Join the Mount Rainier community on Facebook http://facebook.com/MountRainierNPS – find out breaking news and road status updates through Mount Rainier’s Twitter feed http://twitter.com/MountRainierNPS – explore the park and behind-the-scenes operations with our videos on YouTube http://youtube.com/MountRainierNPS and share your own photos of Mount Rainier with other visitors in the Mount Rainier Flickr group http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS.