During the government shutdown, the Quillayute River was working to eat away the bank along the road to Rialto Beach.
                                Photos by John Leavitt

During the government shutdown, the Quillayute River was working to eat away the bank along the road to Rialto Beach. Photos by John Leavitt

Winter operations at Olympic National Park set to resume

  • Fri Feb 1st, 2019 12:16pm
  • News

With the enactment of a continuing resolution, staff at Olympic National Park began working to restore regular winter operations on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Due to storm damage that occurred prior to the lapse of appropriations, many park roads and campgrounds remain closed.

Park staff will start assessing damage, clearing downed trees and storm debris from roadways and campgrounds, and reopening areas as quickly as possible.

Visit www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm for updated information about the park and current conditions.

Here is what to expect over the next week:

On Sunday, Jan. 27, the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles reopened at 9 a.m. Normal operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

On Monday, Jan. 28, a majority of furloughed staff were set to return and begin opening the remaining park functions.

Hurricane Ridge Road winter operations are scheduled to resume Friday, Feb. 1.

Weather and road conditions permitting, Hurricane Ridge Road is open Fridays through Sundays.

Call 360-565-3131 for road status updates and weather information.

All vehicles, including 4-wheel drive, are required to carry tire chains.

For more information on visiting Hurricane Ridge in the winter, visit www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hurricane-ridge-in-winter.htm.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard area is operated by the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club.

Visit the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area website at www.hurricaneridge.com for additional information.

The park asks for patience as employees work to reopen facilities and operations in a manner that is safe for them and the public.

There is a lot of storm debris, downed tree removal and safety checks that must be completed.

The park extends a special thank you to local communities that provided incredible support over the last 35 days for the NPS family.

Olympic National Park’s employees are happy to return to work serving the American people and welcoming visitors to the Olympic Peninsula.