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Hit national lands for a free visit this weekend

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:17 am with No Comments »
November 9, 2011 2:59 pm

if you want to get an early start on winter, there is some fresh snow at Paradise. This view was taken a short while ago from a webcam at Mount Rainier National Park. (National Park Service)

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids on Veterans Day, or the weekend, consider a trip to Mount Rainier or Olympic national parks. The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is another option.

The entrance fee will be waived for all visitors Friday through Sunday in commemoration of Veterans Day.

At Mount Rainier, facilities within the park that will be open include the Longmire Museum (exhibits, information and books sales) the National Park Inn (lodging and meals) and the Longmire General Store (gifts and moderate food items) as well as the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise which offers exhibits, visitor information, food service, gift shop and book store.

Be aware that the road between Longmire and Paradise closes nightly and reopens each morning after the road has been cleared of snow and ice. The Stevens Canyon Road, connecting the west and east side of the park is closed for the winter. On the east side of the park, state routes 123 and 410 remain open, but are subject to closure at any time due to weather. The White River/Sunrise Road is closed for the season at its junction with state Route 410, said a park news release.

Also, remember that all vehicles traveling within Mount Rainier National Park between the Nisqually entrance and Paradise are now required to carry tire chains. This applies to all vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive, regardless of tire type or weather conditions.

Information on road and weather conditions can be obtained by calling the park at 360-569-2211 for recorded information that is updated regularly. Additional park information is available on the park’s website.

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