Snow covered top of Mt. Rainier in a pink sunset hue



mt rainier elbe dark skies astronomy milky way
  • Fire pit
  • Outdoor games (corn hole, horseshoes, and oversized Jenga)
  • Play by the river
  • Keep an eye out for the elk herd!
  • Bird-watching
  • Stargazing under dark Bortle 3 skies!

Elbe, WA

elbe lutheran church historic nisqually river retreat white steeple

(5 min. drive)

Mineral, WA

Snowy Mt. Rainier/Tahoma reflected in Mineral Lake nisqually river retreat

(5 min. drive)

  • Mineral Market | Map
    Groceries, fishing needs, and more in a historic, frontier-style building.
  • Mineral Lodge | Map
    Historic lodge and event space with pristine views of Mt. Rainier.

Ashford, WA

Praying mantis iron sculpture nisqually river retreat

(15 min. drive)

Eatonville, WA

Large waterfall cascading behind mossy tree limbs.

(20 min. drive)

  • Little Mashel River Waterfalls | Map
    Easy to moderate hike to three amazing waterfalls! If you choose only one, Middle Falls is easiest to get to in all weather and is the most fantastic (especially during the rainy season). Start at Bud Blancher Trail or Smallwood Park and follow the signs along the trail.

Mt. Rainier

(20 min. drive to park entrance)

Articles about Mt. Rainier National Park Area

5 detours to try on the way to Mount Rainier before winter ends – Seattle Times, March 2022

AARP’s Guide to Mount Rainier National Park – AARP May 18, 2022