what to do while you're here


There are so many things to do year-round when you come to visit.

Mt. Rainier Visitor Center. The center is located at Whittaker Mountaineering in “The Mountain Haus” at 30027 SR 706 East, Ashford Washington 98304.

Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum – Passengers enjoy steam train rides through the forest and across the glacier fed Upper Nisqually River to a museum located in Mineral, Washington. Museum exhibits offer a chance to explore a comprehensive collection of steam locomotives and discovers stories behind the pioneers of railroad logging camps in the early to mid 1900’s.

Mountain Time Wellness is the premiere Holistic Nature-medicine Well-being Institute facilitating mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being alignment through education, retreat experiences, outdoor adventures, training programs, and injury rehabilitation focused on empowering and inspiring alpine guides, alpine athletes, and people of all ages and physical abilities to reach for elevated greatness.

Mount Rainier Spa – Mount Rainier Spa can be the ideal conclusion to the physical challenges of the Mt. Rainier area. Whether climbing, biking, hiking, skiing or just coming to rest, treat yourself to a massage or spa treatment. Their teams of massage therapists are highly trained professionals, ready to do their best to provide a quality spa experience for you.

RMI Expeditions  RMI has partnered with Montana Alpine Guides to offer Intro to Ice Climbing programs and private guiding in Hyalite Canyon, a premier ice climbing destination in the US!

Whittaker Mountaineering  We’ve spent a lifetime in the mountains. When it comes to gear we won’t compromise. Leveraging the collective knowledge of the RMI Guide Team, we select and direct you to top mountain gear. Guide Pick™ is outfitting simplified.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort  Crystal Mountain is the largest ski resort in Washington State with a total of 2,600 acres and over 50 named runs.

EZ Times Outfitters  Enjoy the beautiful mountain trails of the Nisqually Valley on horseback. EZ Times Outfitters offers guided horseback riding through the Elbe Hills or along the Nisqually River for 1 to 3 hour tours.

BaseCamp Bar & Grill Located six miles outside the entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, in the town of Ashford proximate to Whittaker Mountaineering, retail store for mountaineering gear, and Rainier Mountaineering.

The Rainier Independent Film Festival is a gateway to an explorative cinematic journey, set in the transformative landscape of Mt. Rainier’s forested community. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a Film Festival that is leading the forefront in the Filmmaking, Filmmakers, Audience and Exhibition experience.

Mt. Rainier Fall Wine Festival  “On the Road to Paradise” Fall Wine Festival is your chance to sip, savor and enjoy a variety of hard-to-find, artisanal wines & micro-brews from small Washington producers. We welcome you to become part of this fall’s festivities.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park  Nature’s Calling! Enjoy a comfortable Discovery Tram Tour through 435 acres of stunning meadows and forests. For 50 minutes, you’ll get an eye-to-eye view of fascinating animals like moose, Roosevelt elk, bison, and more as they explore their natural habitat.

Mt. St. Helens  Consider a day trip to the Johnson Ridge Observatory and numerous viewpoints and miles of trails that have been created for exploration by car and foot. During the summer, Forest Service Interpreters lead a wide range of activities from short walks to amphitheater presentations.

Ashford Creek Pottery  Visit this intimate gallery located on historic “Mountain Highway” just outside of Ashford on the way to the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Gallery proprietor Rick Johnson loves to share his passion for the arts, local and regional history, stories and the occasional tall tale.

Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park  EX-NIHILO (X-Ne-High-Low) is Latin for “something made out of nothing”. Explore the sculpture park of artist Dan Klennert located on WA-706 approximately 3-miles east of Elbe, Washington. Here articles of scrap that once toiled in fields or churned in engines are rescued from the trash and reborn with dignity and new meaning as remarkable sculptures.