With the federal budget impasse ended, at least for now, some of the recreational possibilities put on hold during that process are now reopening.
Count Mount Rainier National Park among those possibilities that are now, indeed, possible.
Park officials announced this morning that the park has reopened and the main access roads open, with limited services “while operations are brought back on-line.” Food and lodging, for example, are available at communities outside the park.
Park Supt. Randy King said park officials were “relieved” and that, “We can now fulfill the purposes of the park.”
Open roadways within the park include the White River Road as far as the White River Campground, though Sunrise and Mowich roads are closed for the season; Stevens Canyon Road, though expect some delays due to road striping today; the Nisqually Road to Paradise; and the Paradise Valley Road.