Mt. Washington Auto Road Summer Events

Subaru Mt. Washington Hill Climb: July 7-9, 2017

Three days, 75 cars, some of the best race and rally drivers from around the world, competing for “King of the Hill” honors on the Northeast’s tallest peak-Mt. Washington!

Known as one of the oldest motor sports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904 and is now returning on July 7-9, 2017!

Check the navigation options to the left for additional information and history of this amazing race.

Click HERE to view our 2017 program!

Seek the Peak Expo: July 22, 2017

The Mt. Washington Auto Road hosts the Seek the Peak after-party and expo at the base starting at 2pm. Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory.

Enjoy vendor booths, live music, a cash bar and the famous all-you-can-eat feast by New Hampshire’s Hart’s Turkey Farm. All Seek the Peak hikers, friends, families and members of the general public are invited to attend.

Seek the Peak participants who meet the $200 fundraising minimum automatically receive free admission! All others may purchase a ticket to join in.


2:00pm Outdoor expo opens (free; no ticket required)
4:00pm After party kicks off with live music and cash bar
5:00pm Famous all you can eat dinner
6:00pm Awards ceremony for top fundraisers

Sunrise Drives: Sundays – July 30th & August 27th

The Mt. Washington Auto Road opens early on three Sundays every summer, allowing guests to drive themselves to the summit of Mount Washington to view the sunrise from the highest peak in the Northeast.

Road Opens Sunrise
June 25 3:30am 5:01am
July 30 4:00am 5:31am
August 27 4:30am 6:02am

Regular Drive Yourself rates and Vehicle Restrictions apply.

Due to the popularity of these sunrise opportunities, we recommend not waiting until the last minute to arrive as you may spend time waiting at the Toll House due to traffic.

The State Park building on the summit will be open with limited food service on all three of these mornings.

Summit Salute at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road: August 5, 2017

Join other service members, veterans, & military families for this special FREE event at the base of Mt. Washington. Share stories, play outdoors, eat great food and enjoy a Mt. Washington sunset.

Registration now open: Click HERE to Register Today!


2:30pm – Outdoor Fun
Hiking, biking, games, children’s activities and adventures – there’s something for everyone
4:00pm – Stories of Service: Stronger Together
Child care is available during the program
5:00pm – Grilled BBQ Dinner
Fill your belly with a bounty of delicious food topped off with scrumptious dessert!
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Sunset Summit Trips
Discounted rides to the summit of Mt. Washington exclusively for Summit Salute attendees.

Contact info: [email protected]  (603) 568-5780

Adaptive Sports Partners Sunrise Ascent:
August 6, 2017

The Auto Road will be CLOSED to public vehicles until 11:00am in support of this wonderful event, however Guided Tours will be available from 8:30 am.

This unique event is a fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. At sunrise, teams will ascend the Mount Washington Auto Road, determined to reach the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. Each team will include an adaptive athlete and a team of “mules” who will help the athlete up the 8 miles to the summit.

Learn more about how you can volunteer as a Mule, Trail Angel, or other help! Registration begins May 1.

For More Information About the Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington >


Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb: August 19, 2017

The Auto Road will OPEN to the public for normal driving operations around 1:30pm.

The original bicycle race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Deemed the Toughest Hillclimb in the World!

For More Race Details or to Register>>

Muster in the Mountains: September 8 & 9, 2017

A weekend of colonial reenactment comes to the Auto Road

This two day event features a colonial encampment of reenactors representing the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. This gathering will take place in the fields at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road in beautiful Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Participants will demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms from their respective time periods. This event is free and open to the general public with the hope that the education they receive here may spur them on to consider becoming a future participant.

Open to the public: Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm
Please, no dogs.

The Auto Road remains fully open during this event.

Activities will include:

  • 1800 firearms/cannon display and competition
  • Woods walk competition
  • Tomahawk and knife throwing
  • Cooking competition
  • Weaving, basketmaking, quill work, candle dipping
  • Gunsmithing, coppersmithing, blacksmithing
  • Archery, wood carving, century games and more!SCHEDULE:
10:00am – 4:00pm Camp open to the public
10:00am – 2:00pm Education Day school groups
Cannon Demo
10:00am – 4:00pm Camp open to the public
11:00am – 3:00pm Line Shoot Rifle smooth bore, Archery, Tomahawk & Knife

If interested in registering for this event, print and send in the 2016 Muster Registration

Experience A “Northwoods Tradition” at Tall Timber Lodge & Rainbow Grille Tavern

By Eileen Alexander

Situated on the north shore of Back Lake in Pittsburg, Tall Timber Lodge has been welcoming guests since 1949. Today, the Lodge and Rainbow Grille Tavern appeal to guests who come for the excellent hunting and fishing the region offers, and also to those who arrive for a vacation or a weekend getaway seeking a home base with comfortable lodging and exceptional dining while they explore the area’s many activities, such as ATVing, bird watching, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more.

Guests may choose from eight cozy lodge rooms or a variety of comfortably furnished accommodations — from one- to four-bedroom lakeshore log cabins to luxury cottages. Features range from cathedral ceilings and gas fireplaces to two-person Jacuzzi’s and kitchens with dishwashers. Private porches and decks beckon guests to enjoy the views or take in the sparkling night sky. Check availability and rates!

Tall Timber offers innumerable amenities, such as boat rentals, fly fishing and bird hunting guides, a gift shop, and spa services. Kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, mountain bikes, row boats and snowshoes are available to guests at no charge, or they may rent one of the 14-foot fiberglass boats with 6 HP 4-stroke motors or a pontoon boat.

Fishing and bird hunting guide services are available, and during fishing season a large selection of flies, lures and other trout-teasing tackle is available in the Gift Shop. Fishing and hunting licenses and OHRV registrations for snowmobiles and ATVs are available onsite.

Relax after a day of outdoor activities in the Rainbow Grille & Tavern with its varied menu of high quality meats, fresh seafood, organic poultry, game meats (bison, elk and venison) and vegetarian options. Field & Stream rated the Rainbow Grille as “a truly excellent restaurant,” and The Boston Sunday Globe has called it “ The area’s standout dining.” Yankee Magazine’s Travel Issue gave it an “Editor’s Choice” award.

The Tavern’s more casual menu features appetizers, salads, sandwiches, ribs, meatloaf and hearth-baked pizzas, a great selection of micro-brewed draft beer and specialty craft beer, affordable wines, and specialty jumbo martinis.

Tall Timbers’ all-inclusive Getaway Packages — such as the Fly Fishing School Package, the Senior Midweek Package, and the Rainbow Grille Escape Package — include meals with the accommodations.

Both the Grille and the Tavern are open to the public. Check out their menu at Reservations can be made by calling (603) 538-9556.

To learn more about Tall Timber Lodge and to reserve your home away from home, please visit

Exciting Rides & A Visit With Santa Make Wonderful Family Memories at Santa’s Village!

By Eileen Alexander

This summer, bring the family to visit Santa and his elves and reindeer at the jolly old elf’s vacation home in Jefferson, NH, and enjoy a fun-filled day of unlimited rides, shows, live professional performances, and outstanding attractions at Santa’s Village.

The Christmas-themed Santa’s Village is a premiere New England attraction and one of the nation’s outstanding amusement parks, recognized by Trip Advisor as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the U. S., and the only one in New England. named Santa’s Village as one of the Top Ten Amusement Parks for Young Kids in the U.S.A.

Admission to Santa’s Village is your ticket to a “full day of joy and excitement.” The warm sunny days of summer are especially conducive to exploring all of the attractions the park has to offer, with hours and hours of fun for every member of the family, from toddlers, tweens and teens to their parents and grandparents.

Visiting with Santa and his reindeer in their summer home is complemented by dozens of additional attractions. Step aboard the Skyway Sleigh monorail for an overview of the park, take the exciting Yule Log Flume water ride, experience the thrilling Chimney Drop, ride the entrancing Reindeer Carousel, and get your thrills on Rudy’s Rapid Transit Rollercoaster. Cool off at the Ho, Ho, H2O water park with plenty of places to splish, splash, slide and climb, and prepare to get drenched by the giant bucket of water that fills and then spills every few minutes! Check out the rides here!

Kids will get a kick out of playing the Elfabet Game, searching out the elves in the park, and visiting the blacksmith shop to receive a special ring.

Lunch and ice cream are available at the Elfs Lodge all day, and other goodies to search out include pizza made to order at Nick’s Pizza Emporium, fresh fudge, mini Doe-Nuts made right before your eyes, and fresh-baked gingerbread cookies. Check out the places to eat here!

Before you leave, don’t forget to check out all the special Santa’s Village souvenirs in the gift shop, including a personalized letter from Santa, which will be delivered in December.

The daily admission rate in 2017 is $32 per person, and ages one, two, and three enter for free.

Receive $5 off the regular ticket price during Guest Appreciation Days: May 27 and 28, and June 3, 4, 10 and 11.

Santa’s Village is open every day from Father’s Day weekend (June 17 and 18) through Labor Day on September 4. It’s also open during fall weekends, and will be specially decorated for Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

Santa’s Village is located at 528 Presidential Highway (Route 2) in Jefferson. Visit the Santa’s Village website to learn more: