- Museums, Recreation Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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When the park was established in 1899, James Longmire's homestead and mineral springs resort became the park's headquarters. Longmire settled in the area in the mid-1800s, discovered the springs and opened a rustic resort. Today, the original 1916 headquarters shelters a year-round museum with information and exhibits that tell the story of the early days of the park. In fact, all of Longmire is now designated as a national historic district. You'll also find the Longmire Wilderness Information Center as well as the National Park Inn here. There are several hiking trails within Longmire, including the Trail of the Shadows, a nearly 1-mile loop trail that begins near the museum, takes you on an easy walk past the Longmire hot springs, through the surrounding forest and a replica of one of the park's earliest homesteads.
Visitors call Longmire a "classic old-time museum" and a "hidden gem," with helpful park rangers.
Longmire, which is located in the southwest corner of the park, a little more than 6 miles east of the Nisqually Entrance, is open year-round. The Wilderness Information Center is usually open daily from late May to early October, and offers wilderness permits and hiking and backcountry camping information. Access to Longmire, including its museum, is included in park admission. For more information on amenities and trails, visit the NPS website.