Outdoors Newsletter


Washington’s 31 wilderness areas

When the Wilderness Act passed in 1964, three areas in Washington were awarded the status. Fifty years later, the state has 31 Wilderness Areas totalling...

The west side of Mount Rainier rises above the Glacier View Wilderness Area.

Washington’s wild side

Lawmakers, activists and adventurers share wilderness memories as the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act approaches

A stand of alpine larch glows golden in early morning light in the Enchantment Lakes basin southwest of Leavenworth in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Alpine Lakes is one of 31 wilderness areas in Washington.

National parks transition to winter hours

Some campgrounds will close, while visitor center hours reduced in many instances.

Operating hours at Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park will change beginning Tuesday.

Hunting opportunities abound when calendar flips to September

Early big-game archery seasons among the many that will open Monday and Tuesday.

The importance of wilderness

We asked a number of people to share their thoughts on why wilderness areas are important to them. Here is what they had to say.