Mount Rainier snow play area
4. Mount Rainier National Park
There is only one place where sledding is permitted in Mount Rainier National Park. It's the designated snow play area immediately north of the upper parking lot at Paradise, near the Jackson Visitor Center (which you can access through the Nisqually entrance to the park). The entrance to the park is located about 87 miles from Seattle, about 65 miles from Tacoma.
This ungroomed area is supervised by park rangers. Wooden toboggans and sleds with metal runners are prohibited. You can also take guided snowshoe walks from the center.
Fee: $30 fee to enter the park for a private vehicle; no additional cost for sledding.
Status: The snow play area is open for the 2019–2020 winter season, but the road to Paradise has been closed intermittently. Check the website for status and the Mount Rainier NPS twitter feed for road conditions, updates, conditions and requirements.
Hours: Once open, it's generally open on weekends, from 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m., and daily during school breaks.
Warm up: Head to the Jackson Visitor Center, where you can visit the snack bar, use restrooms and warm up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.