Earlier this year, it was announced that visitors to Mount Rainier National Park need reservations this summer.

During the summer of 2024, visitors will need a Mount Rainer National Park reservation to enter the park through the Nisqually, Stevens Canyon and Sunrise/White River entrance stations during peak hours.

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And on April 1st, 2024, at 8 am PT, The National Park Service opened reservations for the following dates:

  • Paradise Corridor: July 1 – July 31, 2024. Reservations for May 24 – June 30 for the Paradise Corridor are also still available.
  • Sunrise Corridor: July 4 – July 31, 2024.

“Tickets will sell quickly, so make your recreation.gov account in advance. Additional reservations will be released through Recreation.gov the day before a chosen arrival date at 7 pm PT,” state the National Park. “Remember, you don’t need a timed entry reservation before 7 am or after 3 pm.”

The NPS had previously noted that “reservations for dates in August through Labor Day will open on May 1. In addition to the reservations available up to three months ahead, a block of reservations will be released each day through the summer at 7 p.m. for use the following day.”

Reservations made are for one personal vehicle each, and costs $2. Each reservation will be available for a two-hour entry window, “for instance, visitors with a 9 a.m. reservation could enter the park between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is no required departure time.”

“The park has grown in popularity in recent years, with visitation growing from just over 1.1 million in 2013 to about 1.6 million in 2022. Most of those visits occur between July and September and are concentrated in a small number of destinations, including Paradise,” says the National Park Service.

“This pilot reservation system is a key part of evaluating what type of system will provide a more enjoyable experience for visitors. The system isn’t expected to reduce overall visitation, but rather spread it out throughout the day and season to reduce crowding.”

Check out the reservations page here.