Mount Rainier National Park
238th Ave. East
Ashford, WA 98304
WELCOME to Paradise!
Paradise is famous for its glorious views and
wildflower meadows. When James Longmire�s daughter-in-law, Martha,
first saw this site, she exclaimed, �Oh what a Paradise!� The
park�s main visitor center, the new Paradise Jackson Visitor
Center, is located in the upper parking area.
Paradise is also the prime winter-use area in
the park, receiving on average 680 inches of snow per year. Winter
activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tubing. The
road between Longmire and Paradise is plowed throughout the winter.
See the current Road Status for updated information about park
Paradise is located 19 miles east of the
Nisqually Entrance and 12 miles east of Longmire.
Services at Paradise include the following
(see Operating Hours and Seasons for current information about these
- The new Paradise Jackson Visitor
Center offers general information, exhibits, the new park
film, guided ranger programs, book/gift store and snack bar.
This visitor center is usually open daily from May to early
October. From mid-October through April, it is usually open only
on weekends and holidays.
- The historic Paradise Inn, a
concessionaire operated hotel (currently closed for
reconstruction), offers lodging, a dining room and a gift shop.
The Paradise Inn is usually open from late May to early October
and closed in the winter.
- The Guide House houses the Paradise
Wilderness Information Center, where visitors can obtain
wilderness permits and hiking and backcountry camping
- The historic Paradise Ranger Station,
is also located at Paradise. Information services formerly
available at the Paradise Ranger Station are now available at
the Guide House.
If you plan to visit Paradise, remember that
Paradise is located at an elevation of 5,400 feet and trails have at
least some steeper sections. Please stay on the trails; the meadows
are very fragile and heavily visited.
Enjoy these day hikes in the Paradise area.
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