The fewer people the better is how some visitors prefer Mount Rainier National Park. And for them, a good time of year is coming up.
Park officials note that with the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching, the number of park visitors begins to decrease as families end their vacations and children return to school. Some park areas will begin scaling back their seasonal operations after the holiday on Sept. 2, but this is still a good time to visit, a spokesman said.
Besides smaller crowds, fall colors begin showing, wildflowers are still in bloom, and nature walks, naturalist programs and the Junior Ranger badge program are available.
Additional information, including post-Labor Day schedules, is available at www.nps.gov/mora and 360-569-2211.
Admission to the park was free last Sunday in honor of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service.