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In an effort to balance conservation with the increasing popularity of Mount Rainier, park authorities have introduced a new timed entry reservation system for visitors starting this year. The system, which will be in place from May 24 to September 2, 2024 aims to alleviate congestion, protect sensitive ecosystems, and enhance the overall visitor experience.

Under the new system, visitors will need to obtain a timed entry reservation in advance to access the park. Reservations can be made online through recreation.gov or by calling the Recreation.gov reservation line at 877-444-6777 between 7 am and 9 pm Pacific Time. Timed entry slots will be available in staggered, 2-hour intervals throughout the day, allowing for a controlled flow of visitors into the park.

Reservation Information

Paradise Corridor Timed Entry Reservations are required from May 24, 2024, through September 2, 2024, between 7 am and 3 pm, and timed entry tickets have already opened to the public.

Sunrise Corridor Timed Entry Reservations are required from July 3, 2024, through September 2, 2024, between 7 am and 3 pm, and are available to book on April 1 at 8am PT.

To book ahead, timed entry reservations are available in block releases 90 days in advance at 8 am PT. The park is also releasing a number of reservations at 7pm PT the day before visitors’ arrival dates for last-minute tickets.

Timed entry reservations do not replace the standard park entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle, valid for seven days. This fee is required for all vehicles entering the park, regardless of the time of day.

Exceptions to Timed Entry Requirements

 

  • Entry before May 24, 2024, or after September 2, 2024, does not require a reservation.
  • Entry before 7 am or after 3 pm between May 24 and September 2 does not require a reservation.
  • Visitors with in-park reservations for lodging at the Paradise Inn or National Park Inn, or for camping at Cougar Rock or White River Campgrounds, do not need an additional timed entry reservation for the duration of their stay.
  • Those on foot or riding a bike.
  • Those with a wilderness permit or utilizing a commercial guiding service or activity within the parks boundaries.

Planning a National Parks Trip

 

Visitors planning to explore Mount Rainier should be aware of the following key points about the timed entry reservation system:

  • Advance Planning: Timed entry reservations must be obtained in advance of your visit. Very few same-day reservations will be available and quickly snatched up, so it’s crucial to plan ahead.
  • Flexibility: Visitors should be flexible with their preferred entry times, as popular slots may fill up quickly. Consider booking your reservation well in advance to secure your desired time slot.
  • Entry Requirements: All visitors, including those with annual passes or America the Beautiful passes, must still obtain a timed entry reservation for access to the park.

Bypass the Reservation System

 

While the timed entry reservation system ensures a more controlled and sustainable visitor experience, some may seek alternative ways to explore Mount Rainier without having to secure a highly-coveted reservation. One such option is through guided tours provided by companies like Good Trip Adventures.

Good Trip Adventures offers private guided tours of Mount Rainier National Park, providing visitors with an opportunity to experience the park’s stunning beauty and rich biodiversity while bypassing the timed entry reservation requirement. With knowledgeable naturalist guides leading the way, guests can enjoy a hassle-free exploration of Mount Rainier’s iconic landmarks, including breathtaking viewpoints, cascading waterfalls, and lush meadows.

For private tours with local pick-ups or transportation from Seattle, please visit goodtripadventures.com to book a tour and bypass the timed entry system this season.