Ermak Travel Guide

 

The World at your fingertips 

 

 

 

Feel free to leave your comments below. If you want to share your knowledge, additional information or experience in a particular place your input is more than welcome.

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

 

 

 

Location: Tacoma, WA  Map

Area: 235,625 acres (953.5 km2)

Official site

 

 

 

Description of Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park is a nature reserve near Tacoma, Washington in United States. Mount Rainier National Park covers an area of 235,625 acres (953.5 km2). Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899 as the fifth national park in the United States, thus making it one of the oldest protected reserved in the country. It covers an area around an extinct volvano known as a Mount Rainier what dominates surrounding landscape at an elevation of 14,411 feet (4,392 m) above sea level.

 

The earliest signs of human presence around Mount Rainier National Park date back 6000 years ago. Arrow heads, tools and many other stone tools are found by tourists along hiking trails. Professional archaeological digs in te area of Mount Rainier National Park revealed ancient rock shelters near Fryingpan Creek, east of Goat Island Mountain. Carbon testing of the organic matter indicate that the site was inhabited by the ancient tribes from 900 to 1600 AD.

 

 

 

Fees and permits

Mount Rainier National Park charges an entrance fee of $15 per week per private vehicle (includes all passengers) or $5 per week per individual person on foot, bike, or motorcycle. An annual pass is available for $30, valid for one year from month of purchase (does not cover camping fees).

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Mount Rainier National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

An entrance fee is not required to access any of State Routes 410 or 123 on the east side of the park, including the Ohanapecosh campground and visitor center.

 

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus