With the on going health crisis we face in our country we have spent a great deal of time determining the best course of action to keep all of our guests and associates safe and healthy. It is with a heavy heart we are announcing The Paradise Inn will not open this summer.  The National Park Inn is now OPEN, limited services available,  with a strong emphasis on cleanliness, health and safety. Rainier Guest Service retail and eatery operations throughout the park will be available with limited hours and services. We will be reaching out to guests with current reservations at Paradise Inn to modify and/or re-book the stay.  We would like to invite you to stay with us in the future and allow us the opportunity to provide you with exceptional hospitality in this iconic park.

DUE TO THE CURRENT CHANGE SHORTAGE IN THE UNITED STATES WE STRONGLY SUGGEST OUR GUESTS USE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS FOR TRANSACTIONS WITHIN THE PARK.

Reservation Policies

As of January 1, 2020, National Park Inn and Paradise Inn will require a one night room and tax deposit on all reservations.

Our cancellation policy is $15 charge up to 7 days prior to arrival. One night room and tax within 7 days of arrival. If you have any questions please contact the reservations department at 855-755-2275 M-F 10 am-3 pm

The History of National Park Inn

For James Longmire, the sight must have been awesome as he approached Mount Rainier on a crisp morning in 1883. Imagine steam vapor billowing about the ferns and evergreens of the ancient forest, revealing the location of mineral hot springs and a place of amazing beauty. Longmire and his partner, William Packwood, had been exploring this area to develop a main route from Puget Sound to Mount Rainier by following ancient Native American trails. The discovery of the hot springs was too good to pass up. He filed a claim, constructed a rudimentary trail and handcrafted a small cabin. His family, who had traveled west on the Oregon Trail 30 years earlier, joined him to build and operate the first tourist Inn on Mount Rainier. The rustic accommodations were regularly filled within the first few years of operation.

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By the summer of 1890, “Longmire Springs” offered a small two-story hotel of split cedar, with five small guest rooms upstairs and a lower floor lobby. Several bathhouses were built by digging out springs and sinking tubs into the ground. In addition to the mineral baths, reputed to have curative powers by the local Indians, guests enjoyed mud baths and sulfur plunges.

James Longmire died in 1897. Two years later, Mount Rainier was established as a national park. In 1906, the Longmire family faced their first competition with the construction of the National Park Inn, a three-story hotel that would accommodate 60 guests. In 1907, the first vehicles were allowed in the park at a toll charge of an extravagant $5.00 per vehicle. Automobile stages were introduced in 1910 to carry tourists in comfort.

1916 saw the formation of the Rainier National Park Company and the construction of the Paradise Inn began. RNPC obtained a 20-year concession contract and purchased the Longmire family buildings for $12,000. The company intended to market the hot springs but was prohibited by the Park Service when the waters were tested and proved to have no medicinal value. RNPC decided to burn down the old Longmire Springs Hotel and moved an annex next to the National Park Inn. A fire completely destroyed the original National Park Inn in 1926 but the annex was untouched. The annex exists today as the National Park Inn.

Rainier National Park Company sold their interests to the federal government in 1940 but retained the right to lease all business opportunities until 1968 when the corporation was dissolved. In 1973, Government Services, Incorporated obtained the contract to operate the concessions in Mount Rainier National Park. This same company, now known as Rainier Guest Services, operates the facilities in the Paradise Inn, Jackson Visitor Center, National Park Inn and Sunrise Lodge.

The National Park Inn underwent renovation in1936 and 1990. The Longmire area was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1987. Today, the National Park Inn offers 25 guest rooms, a casual dining restaurant, a guest lounge, and a country store. Open year-round, visitors from around the world stay at the Inn to enjoy spectacular views, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and legendary hospitality.

Longmire has undergone tremendous changes since that chilly morning in 1883. Gone are the bathhouses, wagon trails, and antiquated facilities. But the lush vegetation, stunning vistas, abundant wildlife and majestic splendor of Mount Rainier still endures.

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