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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Visitor Center
3002 Mount Angeles Road Port Angeles, WA 98362

Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side.

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on 2 March 1909. It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site. In 1988, Congress designated 95 percent of the park as the Olympic Wilderness.

With nearly one million acres, Olympic encompasses several distinctly different ecosystems and protects a rich mosaic of natural and cultural history. Untamed rivers flow from glacier-capped peaks through valleys of old-growth forests, waves crash against a shoreline rich with life, and only trails traverse the vast interior of this internationally recognized wilderness.

Interesting Fact: Endemic Olympic snow moles scurry beneath the blankets of snow at Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge. It is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.

If you're in Washington for an extended stay, be sure to allocate some time for this amazing natural treasure. You will not regret it!