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A ride down the slopes. Cruising down a scenic road. Watching wildlife. Adventure means something different to everyone. Quench your thirst for adventure by making your next ESCAPE from the ordinary to Central Washington!

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Horseback Riding in Central Washington

Central Washington is made up of some of the most unique and varied terrain in the Northwest. Numerous desert-like areas, long stretches of valley, and mountain ranges, mean a horseback-riding enthusiast can experience a countless riding locations without spending too much time in the car!

Regardless of skill level, one trail everyone should try is the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail. This former railroad line runs through Washington State and beyond. There are several spots to get onto the trail, including the trailhead near Thorp, located just a few miles west of Ellensburg.

In upper Kittitas County there are hundreds of miles of trails to ride throughout the Wenatchee National Forest, as well as southeast of the forest, in the Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald areas.

For more information, call the Washington State Horse Park at (425) 486-0272.

Where's your favorite ride? Share a photo or recommendation with us!


Caribou Creek Corral
8190 Secret Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 968-4714
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Caribou Creek Corral is a horse camp in a wilderness setting with a mission to proclaim Christ through exceptional camping experiences. Our activities and programs at Caribou Creek Corral are driven by a mission to develop a relationship with Christ and a respect for others in the environment.


Corral #5
335 Elk Heights Rd
Cle Elum, WA, 99826
Call: (509) 607-3111
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Over the years and generations horses have gone from a necessary tool to a loving partner and friend. Corral #5 still uses horses for various jobs and activities such as trail riding, packing in the mountains, barrel racing, drill team, cutting, lessons, and horse training. Located in the heart of the Cascades, Corral # 5 offers beautiful scenic views and a friendly atmosphere to experience, learn about, and enjoy horses and mules. Visit their website for more information!


Dragonwood Equine Facility
4051 Lambert Rd
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 674-5961
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A hidden piece of heaven...Horse Heaven that is! A family owned and operated facility.
Boarding Long/short term, Specialty Care, Horses for Sale, APHA Stallions available for breeding, Private Events, Private Horseback Rides, Lessons, etc.


Flying Horseshoe Ranch
3190 Red Bridge Rd
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 968-4578
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Fourteen Carrot Farm
1211 Kittitas Hwy
Ellensburg WA 98926
Call: (509) 607-1999
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Get Ride'N
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 674-8015
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Happy Trails Horse Adventure
551 Pioneer Trail rd.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 656-2634
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Horse back riding is a fresh activity and great way to get back into shape after a long winter.  For riders looking to get out and get active early this year are encouraged to call and make a reservation with us.  Getting out on horseback is the best way to see the wilderness as spring awakens wildlife all around.


High Country Outfitters & Camp Wahoo
1780 Nelson Siding Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 674-9554
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We are all about enjoying the outdoors on horseback. For over 30 years High Country Outfitters has provided unparalleled mountain adventures. Day Rides, Pack Trips, Kids Camp and many other services. We offer traditional outfitters services in a rustic mountain environment. Our kids camp introduces campers to riding, camping and packing in authentic pioneer fashion.


Lake Cle Elum, Kachess Lake & Keechelus Lake
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A variety of outdoor recreational opportunities abound at each of these three upper Kittitas County lakes, including swimming, boating and other water sports, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling all in the general region.



Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center
1051 Sorenson Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 929-1401
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Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center's mission statement is to provide equine assisted activities to individuals with physical, emotional, and learning disabitlites. We focus on capabilities not disabilities and promote independence.


Three Peaks Outitters
1150 Masterson Rd
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: (509) 674-9661
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Escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and relax while riding our trail-wise horses on mountain trails.  Explore the scenic beauty and wild places of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness on horseback with family and friends.  Located only an hour and a half east of Seattle near Cle Elum, Washington, our experienced guides are ready to take you riding regardless of your level of horseback experience.


Unionville Ranch
1750 Emerick Road
Cle Elum, WA, 98922
Call: (509) 857-2235
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Unionville Ranch has been family owned and operated since 2000, and we share the same love and affection for your horses that you do. When we designed the facility, we took a long look at our wish list, and then we designed from our dreams. At the Unionville Horse Stable and Boarding Facility, you have a special opportunity to share those dreams with us! Our world class facilities include a 90′ by 160′ heated arena, 12′ by 13′ foot padded stalls with attached paddock, heated tackroom with attached bathroom, and three acres of turnout pastures.


Washington State Horse Park
1202 Douglas Munro Blvd.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Call: 877-635-4111
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The Horse Park has 23 RV-hookup spots that can accommodate large rigs, as well as an RV sanitary dump station. Fifteen hook-ups are in wooded spots and have water, electricity and sewer. The other 8 are at treed islands in the parking area and have water and electricity. These hook-ups are $30/day (or $25 for members) and need to be reserved in advance. Visit our web page to reserve online at least 24 hours before your arrival.

The Horse Park also has dry camping available at no charge whether in your rig or in a tent in designated areas near the stalls and RV hook-ups. No reservations needed for dry camping.


Wild Rose Ranch
990 Koffman Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 968-4797
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Willow Creek Animal Rehab & Boarding
881 McCullough Rd.
Ellensburg WA 98926
Call: (509) 925-3991
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Wildlife Viewing

Outdoor enthusiasts can delight at the robust variety of wildlife in Central Washington. The Yakima Canyon southeast of Ellensburg, in different seasons, can provide dramatic views of eagles, hawks and other raptors, a variety of birds nesting in the canyon walls, big horn sheep, deer, elk, coyotes and smaller mammals.

Wildlife viewing is also possible on designated state-owned wildlife areas in the Colockum, L.T. Murray, Quilomene, Whisky Dick and Wenas areas.

Cle Elum Fish Hatchery
Call: 509-656-2287
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Begun in 1997 and sponsored by the Yakama Tribe the goal of the Cle Elum Supplementation and Research Facility is to boost the production of wild fish through supplementation techniques and to evaluate the program’s long-term success; and to educate people. At the facility guests learn about the work being done and how they can contribute to the success of the salmon runs in the Northwest. Visitors may walk through the facility on a self-guided tour or arrange to participate in an educational tour with the summer’s hatchery hosts. 

From Ellensburg head west on I-90 and take Exit 84 (Cle Elum).  Turn left on 1st Ave in Cle Elum. Next turn left on So. Cle Elum Rd and then right on Charter Rd (before the bridge).  In less then a mile turn left on Spring Chinook Way.  The main office to the Cle Elum Fish Hatchery will be at the end of the road.  


Colockum Wildlife Area
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The 91,603-acre Colockum Wildlife Area is located about 15 miles south of the city of Wenatchee, in Kittitas and Chelan counties. Managed as one unit, WDFW owns 46,019 acres, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns 34,561acres interspersed in checkerboard fashion, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) owns 11,023 acres managed by WDFW through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Colockum is contiguous to the south with the Quilomene unit of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area. Elevations range from 480 feet to 6,875 feet, with steep, rocky slopes and a rolling series of ridges and canyons that generally drain west to east.

Acquisition of the Colockum began in the mid-1950s using federal Pittman-Robertson funds to expand winter range for deer and elk herds and to perpetuate and improve upland game bird habitat.


L.T. Murray
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The 54,070-acre L.T. Murray unit is about 15 miles west of Ellensburg. WDFW owns 39,305 acres, DNR owns 14,424 acres currently either leased to WDFW or under WDFW management and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) owns 341 acres in the Taneum drainage. Lying in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, the eastern end receives less than 16 inches of precipitation, but the westside gets up to 100 inches of snow. Elevations range from 2,000 to near 4,500 feet. The L.T. Murray extends in a band about 11 miles wide from south of Cle Elum to the top of Manastash Ridge. The lower portions of two major drainages, Taneum Canyon on the north and Manastash Canyon on the south, are within the unit. The streams in these canyons flow west to east and empty into the Yakima River. Numerous smaller perennial and intermittent stream channels feed these two major drainages. The timbered portions of the L.T. Murray form the upper watersheds that culminate in Taneum and Manastash Canyons, and the agricultural lands of the eastern Kittitas Valley.


Leah Polacek Butterfly Garden
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Established in 2006 and located on the Central Washington University campus, the Butterfly Garden serves as a unique and educational sanctuary for butterflies and as a place of reflection. There is also an interpretive walk illustrating the life cycle of the butterfly with plants and trees that are native to Kittitas Valley and Central Washington. The garden, located next to Mitchell Hall, is dedicated to Leah Kinney Polacek, a 1995 CWU graduate and teacher.



Naneum Ridge
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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The Naneum Ridge State Forest is 71,000-acres and has good accessibility hunting for both elk and deer on or around Table Mountain. The Naneum Basin/Canyon will holds a variety of animals for viewing as well. If there is early snowfall, the deer and elk will migrate downward and will be found mostly on the south facing slopes of Cooke Canyon and Coleman Canyon.  Coleman creek provides a great access point, but it may be crowded with hunters during Elk Season.


Quilomene Wildlife Area (Vantage, WA)
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Quilomene Wildlife Area spans "the breaks" between the Columbia River and pine-dotted eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, an area of shrub-steppe ridges and numerous wild creek valleys. The Quilomene area is located north of Vantage, south of Wenatchee and east of Ellensburg. It has a network of primative roads suitable for four-wheel drives or alternative transportation such as mountain bikes, horses, or foot travel. Quilomene offers a habitat for a variety of wildlife including Rocky Mountain elk, California bighorn sheep, mule deer, and coyote. The main goal of this area is to provide living space for these animals, but many activities are available in the area. 


Watt Canyon Road
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 (Feed is generally put out at 8:00 a.m., but elk are visible throughout the day). The landscape rises from sagebrush steppe hillsides to dense stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir and is home to a large elk herd, mule deer, bear, spotted owls, northern goshawk, golden eagles, pileated woodpeckers, salmon, migratory and local birds, beaver, and other small mammals. Take the Thorp Exit from Interstate 90 (exit 101); Turn left on the Thorp Highway, cross over I-90 and proceed about 3/4 mile to Thorp Cemetery road and turn right (one mile south of the exit); travel west for 2.5 miles and turn left on Watt Canyon Road. During the winter, the elk feeding site is located one mile past the turn. Parking is available at the site. The gates at Robinson and Joe Watt Canyon are closed to all public use from late November-early December each year and re-open on May 1st.


Wenas Wildlife Area
Yakima River Canyon just south of Ellensburg
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Wenas Wildlife Area offers creek hikes and big views of rolling ridges and the Yakima River Canyon just south of Ellensburg. This wildlife reserve includes several types of habitat from semi-arid shrub-steppe and grassland to pine forest. The boundary between shrub-steppe and pine woods supports a rich variety of bird life and gives the area an outstanding reputation for bird watching.

Wenas Wildlife Area supports a significant population of California big sheep, and also Rocky mountain elk and mule deer. The area is used heavily as a stopover by migratory birds during springtime, and supports many resident bird species year round. During winter, bald eagles are common residents in the Yakima Canyon and tributary canyons. Rattlesnakes are relatively common during late spring and summer at lower elevations.


Whiskey Dick
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The 17,803-acre Quilomene unit and 28,549-acre Whiskey Dick unit, located about 15 miles northeast of Ellensburg, are now connected by WDFW’s recent acquisition of 5,441 acres of the Skookumchuck drainage. The contiguous total of 51,793 acres (of which WDFW owns 11,523 on Quilomene and 17,027 on Whiskey Dick, with the balance in DNR acres) is managed together. The first purchase was made in 1962 with state Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation funds to expand winter range for deer and elk herds and to perpetuate and improve upland game bird habitat.

The units range in elevation from 550 feet above sea level at the Columbia River on the east, to 3,200 feet in the northwest corner (a distance of some 10 miles).

The northernmost Quilomene unit is bordered on the north by the Colockum Wildlife Area. The Quilomene Creek basin lies in the dry, shrub-steppe habitat along the Columbia River northeast of Ellensburg. The similar Whiskey Dick Creek basin lies south of the Quilomene. Flows remain fairly constant due to the springs scattered throughout the drainage. Quilomene Creek, Whiskey Dick Creek, and some of their tributaries provide habitat for resident trout.


Yakima Canyon
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Home to the Bureau of Land Management's largest holding in the state, this is a must-see destination for the consummate birder, wildlife watcher, fly fisherman or photographer. Canyon Road features stately basalt cliffs that rise dramatically above the meandering Yakima River, where rafters, inner tubers and fly fishermen somehow find a way to coexist.

Rangeland and ranches lie to the east. To the west is the sprawling Wenas Wildlife Area, where springtime flowers bloom in brilliant yellow, purple and orange and wildlife viewing is accessible all season from a trailhead that crosses the river and leads up to the canyon ridge.



Scenic Roadtrips

Did You Know?: Washington State was one of the first states in the country to establish a system of scenic highways.

Scenic highways pass through the varied terrain of Central Washington reflecting the depth of its scenic, cultural and historic landscapes.

Not sure where to start? Pick one of the great options below!

Have you cruised any of these paths? Give us your recommendations!


Barn Quilt Trail
P.O. Box 861
Cle Elum, WA. 98922
Call: 509 312-9185
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Kittitas County is the first in Washington State to have Barn Quilts and a tour. The Barn Quilts are a beautiful way to honor Kittitas County's agriculture industry and the farm / ranch families that settled in the area. This is also  a unique and exquisite way to promote the community and local sponsors, through the creative skills and talents of its community members.

Barn Quilts are usually 4x4 or 8x8 (depending on the size of the barn and proximity to the road) and will display traditional quilt blocks or modern designs and will have special significance to the farm or ranch. The Barn Quilts will stay on the barns all year long. The Barn Quilt Trail will be a self-guided tour with a map of the trail and information about each barn's history, quilt block, and the sponsor of the Barn Quilt.

The Barn Quilts are new to Kittitas County and will be a fun, educational, and exciting scenic adventure for everyone to enjoy. Barn Quilts of Kittitas County, a non-profit, was registered with the state on June 19th, 2012 and the first Quilt Barns were painted and installed during the 2012 summer. . If you haven't yet been... click below for your map and being the Barn Quilt adventure today!

((Open year-round))   Click here for a Printable Tour Area Map

Click here for an Interactive Tour Area Map



Peoh Point
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This scenic point offers spectacular panoramic views of the Cle Elum Valley. Elevation is 4,020’. The road leading to Peoh Point is gravel for the first eight miles, the last two miles are a primitive road. 

From Ellensburg drive west on 1-90 and take the Cle Elum Exit 84. Drive on South Cle Elum Rd to Madison St. and turn right. Turn left on 6th Street. Stay on this road as it curves around and becomes West-side road. Continue past Mohar Road. Turn left on USFS Rd 3350 (also South Cle Elum Ridge Road), signed “Peoh Point”. Continue for 8 miles. Near the top, look for a cattle guard and a sign directing you to Peoh Point just before a 5-way intersection. (first dirt road to left with a marker saying 3350 and 115). Follow this primitive road for 2 miles to the point. Peoh Point is not accessible during winter snow and spring muddy season.



Red Top
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This scenic area is also considered one of the best by valley rockhounders. It has incredible views of the Stuart Range from the fire lookout which is usually open for visitors. Agates, crystal and geodes are found in this region. It is a beautiful area where hiking and picnicking are also available.
 
Take Highway 97 north just past Liberty. Take the first left after the Mineral Springs Resort on Blue Creek Road. After about 2 miles turn left onto Hovey Rd. Proceed down the trail to the lookout and other access points.




Roslyn to Salmon la Sac
Roslyn, WA
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Visitors have always used the Salmon la Sac area north of Lake Cle Elum as a gateway to vast high Cascade forests.

Native Americans created the first trails through the Salmon la Sac area, and used the area for layovers on journeys into higher mountain areas.

Later, after the formation of the Cle Elum Mining District in the late 1800s, the area connected miners to nearby claims that held deposits of gold and other minerals.


State Route 10
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When staying in Ellensburg, you shouldn’t miss a chance to drive Highway 10, where the Upper Yakima River Canyon winds its way through pasture, steep cliffs and wooded areas. From downtown, head west on University Way. Take a right on to Reecer Creek Road. Take an immediate left on Highway 10. It twists all the way up to Cle Elum, giving the motorist views of some of the most scenic areas around.


Teanaway Road
Cle Elum, WA
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The Teanaway Road ofers dazzling views of the Teanaway River and valley. Spring comes early to the area, and trees changing colors during the fall are spectacular. The area offers camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and other opportunities to explore the backcountry.   The picturesque Swauk-Teanaway Grange on Ballard Hill Road ofers a number of activities throughout the year, including a popular hunters breakfast, bluegrass concerts and a holiday bazaar. While the paved portion of the Teanaway Road is in good condition, high-clearance vehicles are advised for the unpaved portion of the road about 15 miles into the valley.


Vantage Highway
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Now, don't act all surprised that I've posted yet another old highway alignment. This one however is rather nice and much twistier than the parallel Interstate 90 a few miles to the south.

This one is quite a bit of fun, actually. It winds along the valleys that lead down to the Columbia River and passes some rock quarries and a large windmill installation on the north side of the road.

There's lot of fun to be had on this expanse of lightly-traveled chipseal, but apparently there’s been a number of accidents as well. Some WSDOT pages I’ve seen indicate that this road has been designated a "Safety Corridor" so it would be wise to keep your speed down to a reasonable level and keep an eye out for other traffic in additional to one’s usual vigilance for law enforcement.


Yakima River Canyon
14700 Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 933-2100
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Welcome to the Yakima River Canyon, where Highway 821 parallels the gentle Yakima River for 27 miles, through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills. Follow this scenic pathway for glimpses of rich wildlife and plant communities, echoes of a historical past and many opportunities for recreational enjoyment.

This canyon has been designated as a state scenic route and offers excellent wildlife viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family river rafting and camping.



Bird Watching

Central Washington is one of the best locations for birders in the Pacific Northwest. Tucked away far from any major cities, in the cold winter months we host some of the region's hottest birding. Late winter is prime time for viewing bald eagles in our area.

The best place to view bald eagles is northeast of Ellensburg in the Fairview and Naneum areas during calving season, from February through late April. In addition to the late winter/spring visits, bald eagles also can be found here in the fall feeding on salmon.

Where's your favorite spot to birdwatch? Share your favorite shots and recommendations with us!


Colockum Wildlife Area
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The 91,603-acre Colockum Wildlife Area is located about 15 miles south of the city of Wenatchee, in Kittitas and Chelan counties. Managed as one unit, WDFW owns 46,019 acres, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns 34,561acres interspersed in checkerboard fashion, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) owns 11,023 acres managed by WDFW through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Colockum is contiguous to the south with the Quilomene unit of the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area. Elevations range from 480 feet to 6,875 feet, with steep, rocky slopes and a rolling series of ridges and canyons that generally drain west to east.

Acquisition of the Colockum began in the mid-1950s using federal Pittman-Robertson funds to expand winter range for deer and elk herds and to perpetuate and improve upland game bird habitat.


Columbia Basin Birding Locations
Ellensburg, WA. 98926
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See bird varieties along the Columbia Basin in both Ellensburg and Vantage.



East Cascades Ecoregion and Birding Sites
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This area includes the Cle Elum- North Pacific Ponds where you can watch various birds from all different species in their natural habitats


L.T. Murray
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The 54,070-acre L.T. Murray unit is about 15 miles west of Ellensburg. WDFW owns 39,305 acres, DNR owns 14,424 acres currently either leased to WDFW or under WDFW management and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) owns 341 acres in the Taneum drainage. Lying in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, the eastern end receives less than 16 inches of precipitation, but the westside gets up to 100 inches of snow. Elevations range from 2,000 to near 4,500 feet. The L.T. Murray extends in a band about 11 miles wide from south of Cle Elum to the top of Manastash Ridge. The lower portions of two major drainages, Taneum Canyon on the north and Manastash Canyon on the south, are within the unit. The streams in these canyons flow west to east and empty into the Yakima River. Numerous smaller perennial and intermittent stream channels feed these two major drainages. The timbered portions of the L.T. Murray form the upper watersheds that culminate in Taneum and Manastash Canyons, and the agricultural lands of the eastern Kittitas Valley.


Naneum Ridge
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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The Naneum Ridge State Forest is 71,000-acres and has good accessibility hunting for both elk and deer on or around Table Mountain. The Naneum Basin/Canyon will holds a variety of animals for viewing as well. If there is early snowfall, the deer and elk will migrate downward and will be found mostly on the south facing slopes of Cooke Canyon and Coleman Canyon.  Coleman creek provides a great access point, but it may be crowded with hunters during Elk Season.


Quilomene Wildlife Area (Vantage, WA)
Kittitas, WA
Call: (509) 925-6746
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Quilomene offers a habitat for a variety of wildlife including birds! Come here to see quail, chukar, grouse, hawks, eagles, and songbirds. 


Sun & Sage Loop
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This loop is one of many great birding locations of The Great Washington State Birding Trail. Developed by the National Audubon Society -- this loop goes through Ellensburg, Cle Elum and Vantage and offers a variety of birding locations, each with different species of birds. 


Umtanum Creek Trail
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Umtanum Canyon is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Ellensburg, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

The trail leaves behind the highway and clusters of anglers and rolls up past an old homestead (complete with an overgrown, brambly apple orchard) and leads into pristine desert wildlife habitat.

The Umtanum Creek Trail in the Yakima River Canyon is a good location to find golden eagles and other birds.


Wenas Wildlife Area
Yakima River Canyon just south of Ellensburg
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Wenas Wildlife Area offers creek hikes and big views of rolling ridges and the Yakima River Canyon just south of Ellensburg. This wildlife reserve includes several types of habitat from semi-arid shrub-steppe and grassland to pine forest. The boundary between shrub-steppe and pine woods supports a rich variety of bird life and gives the area an outstanding reputation for bird watching.

Wenas Wildlife Area supports a significant population of California big sheep, and also Rocky mountain elk and mule deer. The area is used heavily as a stopover by migratory birds during springtime, and supports many resident bird species year round. During winter, bald eagles are common residents in the Yakima Canyon and tributary canyons. Rattlesnakes are relatively common during late spring and summer at lower elevations.


Whiskey Dick
Central Washington -- Yakima
TRAIL GUIDE
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The 17,803-acre Quilomene unit and 28,549-acre Whiskey Dick unit, located about 15 miles northeast of Ellensburg, are now connected by WDFW’s recent acquisition of 5,441 acres of the Skookumchuck drainage. The contiguous total of 51,793 acres (of which WDFW owns 11,523 on Quilomene and 17,027 on Whiskey Dick, with the balance in DNR acres) is managed together. The first purchase was made in 1962 with state Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation funds to expand winter range for deer and elk herds and to perpetuate and improve upland game bird habitat.



Rock Hounding

Some of the wonder found in Central Washington is right at your feet -- in the rocks and minerals! Discover the crystals, agate, and jasper found in Dry Creek in Cle Elum and at Green Canyon. Also, be on the lookout for petrified wood found in Ginkgo Petrified Forest, Umptanum Ridge, and more.

Explore Washington's physical, cultural, and historic features in Central Washington!

Have you found a particularly neat geologic find on your previous Central Washington escapes? Tell us or show us!


First Creek Trail
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First Creek Trail is just northwest of Ellensburg and is rich in minerals. The trail is closed to motorized use October 15 through June 15 annually.


Green Canyon
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Green Canyon is located near Ellensburg. Crystals, Agate, and Jasper have been hounded here!


High Valley Ranch
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Petrified wood has been found in between Ellensburg and Thorp at High Valley Ranch. Most of the petrified wood in Washington grew during the Miocene Epoch, some 12 to 5 million years ago!


Lion Rock
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Crystals and Agate have been reported at Lion Rock. This area is bounded by Table Mountain to the east and the upper reaches of First Creek, Boulder Creek, Cougar Gulch and ridges to the west, the upper Swauk Creek to the north and Garrison Springs to the south.


Manastash Ridge Trail
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Manastash Ridge Trail is 4 miles out and back, located near Ellensburg. The trail is primarily used for birding, hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round. Quartz, Zeolites, Agate, Jasper, and Calcite can be discovered here.


Red Top
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This scenic area is also considered one of the best by valley rockhounders. It has incredible views of the Stuart Range from the fire lookout which is usually open for visitors. Agates, crystal and geodes are found in this region. It is a beautiful area where hiking and picnicking are also available.
 
Take Highway 97 north just past Liberty. Take the first left after the Mineral Springs Resort on Blue Creek Road. After about 2 miles turn left onto Hovey Rd. Proceed down the trail to the lookout and other access points.




Reecer Creek
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Reecer Creek is a small body of water in Ellensburg. Here, there are traces of Crystals, Agate, and Jasper.


Rock N Tomahawk Ranch
2590 Upper Green Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Call: (509) 962-2403
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Recreation, Agate Hunting, campground
Rock N’ Tomahawk Ranch allows agate hunting at $5 per person and $2.50 for children 5-10. Children under 5 are free
Both locals and rock enthusiasts from around the world come to hunt the Ellensburg Blue agate stone here. The Ellensburg 
Blue agates in the valley came from a layer of basalt lava north of Ellensburg, the Teanaway basalt, which is 47 million years old.


Ryepatch
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Located at Red Top Mountain Ryepatch is approximately 9 miles from Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Liberty in Kittitas County. Rhyolite is found here.


Saddle Mountain
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Saddle Mountain stands tall between the deep and broad canyon of Lower Crab Creek Coulee and the deep basin of the mighty Columbia River. Discover Opalized wood, Bog, Limbs, and Logs here!


Table Mountain
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Agate can be found at Table Mountain, one of the most spectacular landmarks of the Columbia River Gorge.


Teanaway River
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Teanaway River is home to Agate, Jasper, and Drusy Quartz. The name Teanaway basalt is used for the basaltic and andesitic rocks, and pyroclastic material north of Cle Elum and Ellensburg.


Umtanum Ridge
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Umtanum Ridge is a trail that leads out of Yakima and Umtanum Canyons, offering spectacular views of Mount Stuart, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood.






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