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Mt. Rainier National Park requires reservations at popular entrances this summer.

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Photo by Laurel Demkovich/Washington State Standard via The JOLT News.

Mount Rainier National Park to require reservations at popular entrances this summer

Other national parks around the country have put in place similar reservation systems as they try to manage crowding and traffic.

Excerpt from The JOLT News:

Many visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will need reservations this summer to enter some of the park’s most popular areas.

From May 24 through Labor Day, most visitors entering the Nisqually and Stevens Canyon entrances between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. will need to make an online or phone reservation ahead of time. Reservations will also be required at the White River entrance to the Sunrise corridor via State Route 410 from July 3 through Labor Day.

The decision to test a new reservation system comes after years of increased popularity in the park. According to the National Park Service, visitation grew from just over 1.1 million in 2013 to about 1.6 million in 2022. The reservation system is part of a pilot program that aims to ease congestion during the park’s peak hours.

Other national parks around the country have put in place similar reservation systems as they try to manage crowding and traffic.

“In recent years, it’s been too common for visitors to sit in idling cars for a couple of hours at the entrance stations and then make laps through the parking lots hoping for an empty parking space,” Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Greg Dudgeon said in a statement. 

The National Park Service began looking at options for timed reservations at Mount Rainier last year. A timed reservation system was on a slate of possible solutions discussed, including providing shuttle vehicles, to free up parking and prevent traffic backups.

Posted by Steve on February 9, 2024 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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