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Ashford
Travel Guide

Use Ashford as a gateway to Mount Rainier National Park, which features snowcapped mountains, glacier-fed waterfalls and spectacular douglas fir and cedar forests.

Explore the wild surrounds of Ashford, a forest-bound township in central Washington state. Situated just west of Mount Rainier National Park, this settlement of just over 200 people provides access to the walking trails, mountain meadows and climbing routes of the Cascade Range.

Ashford was founded in 1888 along the Nisqually River. The township, though small, offers a number of shopping and accommodation facilities. Make it your base for adventures farther afield.

Before venturing into the wilderness, go to the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center. Just a 40-minute drive east from town, the visitor center is a meeting point located between the Mount Rainier National Park to the north and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the southeast. Plan activities using the center's maps and brochures.

Stay a while in the National Park Inn’s communal wooden lodge warmed by a stone fireplace. Dine at its in-house restaurant with views of Mount Rainier. Before you leave, browse the inn’s general store and purchase gifts and souvenirs crafted by local artisans.

Set out on long day and overnight hikes through dense forests of fir and cedar. Over 240 miles (386 kilometers) of trails allow hikers and climbers to access scenic vistas.

In winter, trails can be traversed on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Go sledding with sweeping views of snowcapped mountains beyond. Challenge yourself with a guided climb to the summit of Mount Rainier.

Enjoy the visits along the Nisqually River, fish at Mineral Lake or swim at Alder Lake Park. Alternatively, take the strain off your legs with a forest horseback tour.

For an incredible wake-up, book a stay in the Cedar Creek Treehouse. This remarkable cabin is built in a 200-year-old cedar tree over 50 feet (15 meters) above the ground.

Ashford is a 70-minute drive southeast from Tacoma. Get between major destinations in Mount Rainier National park using tour operators or a rented car.

After your visit to Ashford, take a daytrip to Eatonville, about 30 minutes’ drive west, to see the Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village to learn about Washington’s heritage.

Nisqually Lodge
Nisqually Lodge
2.5 out of 5
PO Box 95, 31609 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA
The price is CA $177 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in Ashford, this lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cascade Range and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Mount Rainier National Park and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (396 reviews)

"The staff was so awesome and friendly, I would recommend this place"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

Nisqually Lodge
Paradise Village Hotel
Paradise Village Hotel
2.5 out of 5
31811 WA-706, Ashford, WA
The price is CA $114 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in the heart of Ashford, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cascade Range and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Mount Rainier National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (171 reviews)

"Very clean, quiet and Cozzy cabin, I recommend easy to chek inn"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2021

Paradise Village Hotel
Alexander's Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
3 out of 5
37515 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA
The price is CA $139 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Mount Rainier National Park and within 32 mi (52 km) of Mount Rainier and Northwest ...

4.2/5Very Good! (460 reviews)

"Overall experience was nice , but there was no restaurant or food in the lodge and breakfast was just ready made .. not good"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2020

Alexander's Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
3 out of 5
35707 SR 706 E, Ashford, WA

Situated on a river, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cascade Range and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mount Rainier National Park. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is ...

3.7/5Good! (57 reviews)

"Absolutely a beautiful cabin. Everything we needed to enjoy our Holiday weekend was there even a cute Christmas tree. This family run facility really goes above and beyond to supply and stock the cabin with very thoughtful items. We rented snow shoes which were ready and waiting for us to use and ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2020

Copper Creek Inn at Mt Rainier
Secluded Mt. Rainier Cabin - Private Hot  Tub - Wood Stove - Snowshoes
Secluded Mt. Rainier Cabin - Private Hot Tub - Wood Stove - Snowshoes
Ashford, WA

Located in Paradise Estates, this romantic cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cascade Range and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Mount Rainier National Park and ...

5/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
Beautiful little weekend getaway

"Beautiful areas, The garage is so cute and extremely clean, We are lucky enough to only be 1.5 hours away, Very private and relaxing. We will be back for sure."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Secluded Mt. Rainier Cabin - Private Hot Tub - Wood Stove - Snowshoes
Cozy Outdoor Hub w/Fire Pit: 1mi to Mt. Rainier NP
Cozy Outdoor Hub w/Fire Pit: 1mi to Mt. Rainier NP
Ashford, WA

Located in the heart of Ashford, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Cascade Range and Mount Rainier National Park. Longmire Museum and Gifford Pinchot ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Awesome coffee bar!

"Really enjoyed our stay at the Little Hideaway! Comfortable and clean, quiet, and easy access to the Nisqually Entrance. Loved seeing the family of deer everyday and meeting some of the wonderful neighbors. Short walk to the river where I can definitely see some great snowshoeing adventures! We will ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 1, 2021

Cozy Outdoor Hub w/Fire Pit: 1mi to Mt. Rainier NP
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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