Olympic National Park

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267 mi 429 km


600 mi 965 km

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With nearly one million acres, Olympic National Park encompasses several diverse ecosystems that preserve a rich collection of natural and cultural history. Waves crash against a shoreline rich with life, wild rivers flow from glacier-capped peaks through valleys of old-growth forests, and only trails cross the remote and vast interior of this wilderness. Visitors will be amazed by the diversity of plants and wildlife found in the park. The opportunities to explore the vast and stunning wilderness will leave visitors eager for more time to explore this amazing park.

For more information about Olympic National Park, visit www.nps.gov.


Visitor Centers:
All visitor centers are open from June through September. From October to May some visitor centers may have reduced hours or seasonal closures. For more information on current hours of operation, click here.

  • Olympic National Park Visitor Center - open daily, hours vary by season.
  • Wilderness Information Center - open daily, hours vary by season.
  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center - open daily in summer, open weekends whenever Hurricane Ridge Road is open the remainder of the year.
  • Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center - open daily in summer; open Friday-Sunday remainder of year. Hours vary by season.

Visiting Tips

Olympic National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The most popular months to visit are June through September. During the busy summer season, most roads and facilities are open and a full range of programs are available. From October through May, some roads, campgrounds, and other visitor facilities are closed or have reduced hours. Visitor centers and Hurricane Ridge Road are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other roads and facilities remain open, weather permitting. For more information on current operating hours and seasons, check the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
To find out more about park fees, click here.

Camping and Lodging

Olympic offers a variety of campgrounds and numerous backcountry campsites. Kalaloch and the Sol Duc Campground are the only campgrounds that accept reservations; the remainder of the campgrounds are filled on a first come, first served basis. To learn more about camping in the park and to see current conditions, visit the park's website.

  • Altair Campground: Variable number of sites. $20 per night.
  • Deer Park Campground: 14 sites. $15 per night.
  • Dosewallips Campground: Walk-in only. 30 sites. No fee.
  • Elwha Campground: 40 sites. $20 per night.
  • Fairholme Campground: 88 sites. $20 per night.
  • Graves Creek Campground: 30 sites. $20 per night.
  • Heart O'the Hills Campground: 102 sites. $20 per night.
  • Hoh Campground: 88 sites. $20 per night.
  • Kalaloch Campground: 170 sites. $22 per night. Reservations can be made online from June through September.
  • Mora Campground: 94 sites. $20 per night.
  • North Fork Campground: 9 sites. $15 per night.
  • Ozette Campground: 15 sites. $20 per night.
  • Queets Campground: 20 sites. $15 per night.
  • Sol Duc Campground: 82 sites. $20 per night. Reservations can be made online.
  • South Beach Campground: 55 sites. $15 per night.
  • Staircase Campground: 49 sites, 5 walk-in only. $20 per night.

Backcountry Camping:
Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight stays in the Olympic National Park wilderness. Wilderness Camping Permits may be obtained at the Main Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, the Quinault Wilderness Information Center, or the Staircase Ranger Station, and the fee is $5 per person per night. For more information on backcountry camping in the park, click here.

The park also provides a range of lodging accommodations. Visitors may choose from modern motel type accommodations, rooms in historic hotels dating back to the early 1900s, or rustic cabins. Reservations are strongly encouraged as rooms fill quickly, especially in July and August.

  • Kalaloch Lodge: Open year round. Reservations can be made online.
  • Lake Crescent Lodge: Open May through January with some cabins available on weekends during the winter. Reservations can be made online.
  • Log Cabin Resort: Open late May through September. Reservations can be made online.
  • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort: Open March through October. Reservations can be made online.

Maps and Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food and Drink

There are a variety of restaurant options located in the park as well as several stores where you can purchase groceries and other everyday essentials. The Lodges of Olympic National Park offer a unique restaurant option at each of their four locations, and visitors are sure to enjoy the fresh, local Pacific Northwest cuisine at the Roosevelt Dining Room, the Springs Restaurant, the Lake Crescent Dining Room, or the Sunnyside Cafe.

After the Run: Local Favorites

La Taquisa Best Mexican food in Victoria! , shrimp burrito with guacamole is my fav
Fol Epi Everything is delicious, but as a special treat, try the raspberry macaroon, the tuna sandwich and the croissants.
Hanks On Douglas Wagyu beef, dry aged burger, amazing bork belly, varying menu. IPA flights.
1001 Douglas St., Victoria BC — (778) 433-4770
The Drake Eatery Craft beer selection is good with some adventurous local choices.
La Taqueria I had the pollo con molle and the rajas con crema and both were terrific. Excellent place for a quick lunch.
766 Fort Street, Victoria BC — (778) 265-6255
Tacofino Vegan burrito. Part of Mealshare. Open late.
787 Fort Street, Victoria BC — (778) 406-1787
OLO Restaurant Go for cocktails and bits of food too. Farm to table.
Café Bliss The name says it all. Raw foods. Do it.
556 Pandora Ave., Victoria BC — (250) 590-5733
Grindstone Café I agree. The carrot cake is amazing!
504 Herald St, Victoria BC — (250) 480-5222
Blue Fox Cafe Try anything with 'Moroccan' in it. Yum
Brasserie l'École Best. Restaurant. Ever. (there, I said it) And they don't take reservations.
Jam Cafe Red Velvet pancakes are unique and amazing.
542 Herald St., Victoria BC — (778) 440-4489
Shine Cafe If you're having breakfast problems I feel bad for you son, I ate 99 brunches and Shine's the best one
Bin 4 Burger Lounge It's 50% off after 9pm,best deal in town!
Discovery Coffee Coffee. 6.30am. Sunday. Where else?
The Parsonage Cafe The quiche. Eat the quiche. :)
Caffe Fantastico nice gem of a cafe. unpretentious flavorful coffee, fresh food & chill atmosphere. have recommended to our family who live in Van City & would return if we were ever visiting Victoria again.
965 Kings St, Victoria BC — (250) 385-2326
Shine Cafe This is tha best Benny in town!! U gotsta try it! "a day in the life" and "becketts" r so good. If u don't like rosemary don't get the hash browns.
1548 Fort St, Victoria BC — (250) 595-2133
Bin 4 Burger Lounge Mr. Bean is a great vegetarian option. But they will also substitute tofu for any pattie!
Cabin 12 These guys totally rock!

Other Activities

Whether planning on camping, hiking, climbing, boating, fishing, mountaineering, or wildlife viewing, visitors will not be disappointed in the variety of activities that the park has to offer. From a short day hike to a long backcountry excursion, the opportunities for exploration are limitless. Additionally, be sure to check out the great areas for rock climbing in and around the park. For those looking to extend their adventure, there are great trails near the park for mountain biking as well.
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