What a deal: Park admission is free this week

3:05 pm April 22nd, 2013

The mountain comes free this week.
In observance of National Park Week April 22-26, admission is free at Mount Rainier National Park. Entrance usually costs $15 for a day pass or $30 for an annual pass.
Among the sights for visitors will be places where 16 feet of snow are still on the ground.
Despite still being under so much snow, the park is open to Longmire and Paradise.  Road access is through the Nisqually entrance (via State Route 706). The gate from Longmire to Paradise is open 24 hours a day, but may close at any time if unusually heavy snowfall occurs or other conditions make the road unsafe for travel, officials noted 
Through April 30, park visitors must carry tire chains in their vehicles when traveling on park roads.  Spring weather in the mountains is unpredictable, and sudden snow storms may necessitate chains even later into the season, officials advised.

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