Travel and Road updates:

Travelers can expect daytime one-way alternating traffic for chip seal work 13.6-miles of SR 706 generally between SR 7 and Mount Rainier National Park (milepost 0.01 to 13.6) between April and September. There also will be reduced speed limits within each work zone.

The Grove of the Patriarchs is closed to all public entry effective November 17, 2021 and until further notice.

On the west side, Stevens Canyon Road is OPEN from Paradise Road wye to Snow & Bench Lake Trailhead, with access to Reflection Lake.

On the east side, Stevens Canyon Road is OPEN from SR123 to the Grove of the Patriarchs Trailhead. Note that the Grove remains closed due to damage from flooding. The Grove of the Patriarchs parking lot and restrooms are open, along with access to the Eastside and Silver Falls Trails.

The middle portion of Stevens Canyon Road remains CLOSED to all use, including bicycling. Estimated opening date to be determined. Once the road opens for the season, Stevens Canyon Road will be closed Mon-Thurs due to construction; open with 30 minute delays Fri-Sun. NOTE: We anticipate visitors will be able to access Box Canyon during the proposed construction period. Please continue to monitor park communications for the latest updates.

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Map & Directions

GPS Address

Nisqually (southwest) Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park
39000 State Route 706 E.
Ashford, WA 98304

National Park Inn is located 6 miles inside the southwest Nisqually Entrance and Paradise Inn is located 19 miles inside the entrance.

Driving Directions

We are proud to partner with Mount Rainier National Park in reducing vehicle congestion and emissions by encouraging visitors to carpool (at least three people in the car) on their next visit. Let the entrance station know how many visitors are in your vehicle and receive a 10% discount coupon for any gift shop inside the park. Have a wonderful visit and thank you for carpooling!

Southwest Nisqually Entrance
From Seattle, WA (about 87 miles away) or Tacoma, WA (about 65 miles away):
Take Hwy 5 south to Hwy 512 east. Exit onto Hwy 7 (Pacific Avenue). Follow Hwy 7 south to Elbe and continue on Hwy 706 east to the Nisqually Entrance.

From Portland, OR (about 136 miles away):
Take I-5 north to U.S. 12 east to Morton; then take Hwy 7 north and turn east on Hwy 706 at Elbe and continue to the Nisqually Entrance.

Northeast Entrance
From Seattle/Tacoma take Hwy. 410 south

From Yakima, take Hwy. 12 to SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon Entrance and 410 north to the White River Entrance

Southeast Entrance
From Yakima, take Highway 12 west to SR 123. Follow SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The Stevens Canyon Road is closed for the winter season.

Northwest Entrance
From Seattle/Tacoma, WA: Take Hwy 165 south to Carbon River Entrance. We suggest you use the alternate route of Highway 12 if you are coming from the east and traveling to Paradise or the Sunrise areas of the park.

East Entrance
From Yakima take Highway 12 west to SR 123. Follow SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. The Stevens Canyon Road is closed during the winter.

Winter Driving
All park roads are closed except the stretch between the Nisqually Entrance and Paradise and the road from the park boundary to Ohanapecosh Ranger Station. For additional information on road closures in Mount Rainier National Park, call 360-569-2211. Mount Rainier National Park requires all vehicles entering the park from November through April to carry tire chains.


The closest major airports are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (65 miles away) and Portland International Airport (150 miles away).

There is no public transportation within the park. Rental cars are available at both airports.


Tours Northwest offers day trips to Mount Rainier from May through September. Tours leave from Seattle, and advance reservations are required. Please call 888-293-1404 or visit