MT. RAINIER - Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that entrance fees into Mount Rainier National Park will be waived for all visitors to the park this coming weekend, Nov. 9-11, in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces. This is the final fee-free weekend for 2013.
Entrance fee waivers on the Veterans Day holiday have been observed since 2006 and apply to all public lands managed by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture.
Facilities open within the park during this holiday include the National Park Inn at Longmire (lodging and meals) and the Longmire General Store (gifts and food items). Visitor information is available at the Longmire Information Center. The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise will be open on Saturday and Sunday only. The visitor center offers exhibits, visitor information, food service, a gift shop and book store.
As weather and road conditions warrant, the road between Longmire and Paradise will close nightly for visitor safety, re-opening each morning after the road has been cleared of snow/ice and is ready for the public.
The Stevens Canyon Road, connecting the west and east sides of the park, is closed for the season. The White River/Sunrise Road is closed for the season at its junction with SR-410. However, these roads do remain open to hikers, bicyclists, skiers and snowshoers. On the east side of the park, state routes 123 and 410 remain open, but are subject to closure at any time due to inclement weather.