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For information about or reservations at the lodgings inside the park, contact Mount Rainier Guest Services, 55106 Kernahan Rd., E. Ashford, WA 98304 (tel. 360/569-2275; fax 360/569-2770; www.mtrainierguestservices.com).

There are a number of places to stay in the surrounding communities in addition to those reviewed here. For a list, contact Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau (tel. 866/732-2695 or 206/461-5800; www.visitseattle.org) or the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce (tel. 360/825-7666; www.enumclawchamber.com).

Outside the Southwest (Nisqually) Entrance -- Budget travelers might want to look into the hostel-style accommodations at Whittaker's Bunkhouse, 30205 Wash. 706 E., Ashford, WA 98304 (www.whittakersbunkhouse.com; tel. 360/569-2439), with bunks for $35 and private rooms for $85 to $115 double, as well as an espresso bar. The rates are lower in winter, but bunks are not available.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.