Yakima Valley Wine Country

Yakima Valley Outdoor Adventure

HAND-CRAFTED STORIES FROM THE YAKIMA VALLEY

David and Chloe

Meet David and Chloe, one of the Yakima Valley’s most adventurous father-daughter teams. Follow them on one of their typical weekends together, and discover why they love to call the Yakima Valley their home.

Biking, Hiking, or Just Fantastic Views: the Yakima Valley has an Adventure for You

Yakima Valley Adventure Areas

Looking for a little more adventure in your life? Then it’s time to visit the Yakima Valley! We’ve been blessed with an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, which means there really isn’t a bad time of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. And because we’re centrally located in Washington State, getting here with all your gear is a snap.

Both the White Pass and Chinook Pass Scenic Byways funnel into the Yakima Valley, making the geologic diversity of the Cascade Mountain Range just a short drive away. There are also three major rivers flowing through the Valley, forming 109 different lakes and a total of 173 miles of flowing river, perfect for everything from fishing to rafting to standup paddleboarding. All this geologic diversity means this is one of those places where you can ski in the morning, mountain bike in the afternoon, then golf at twilight. You know what the hardest part about coming to the Yakima Valley is? Figuring out what to do first!

HAND-CRAFTED STORIES FROM THE YAKIMA VALLEY

David and Chloe

Meet David and Chloe, one of the Yakima Valley’s most adventurous father-daughter teams. Follow them on one of their typical weekends together, and discover why they love to call the Yakima Valley their home.

YAKIMA VALLEY CYCLING

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Our 300 days of sunshine and the diverse geology of the Yakima Valley makes it a prime spot for mountain biking! And the best part: you don’t have to drive forever to go do it! There are tons of places to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your bike! Whether you’re just getting started riding or you’re a seasoned pro, there are plenty of trails for everyone.

ROAD BIKING

Cycling in the Yakima Valley provides a lot more than just great exercise. No matter what time of year you get out and ride, another great view is just around the corner. Bike past apple orchards in full bloom, alongside miles of lush vineyards, or acres of hop fields being harvested. Every season provides smooth roadways and scenic views while you pedal the miles away.

  • 1 Bike the Cowiche Canyon Trail

    COWICHE CANYON

    MOUNTAIN BIKING

    With nearly 30 miles of trail stretching across two hilltops and a scenic canyon, this local favorite hosts a diverse mix of smooth gravel trails and aggressive single-track.

    Learn More 9 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Bike at Chinook Pass

    CHINOOK PASS

    MOUNTAIN BIKING

    Fly along low-elevation trails in the sage-covered fringes of the forest, perfect for springtime and fall rides, or dodge through the trees in the high country that traverses through miles of alpine terrain.

    Learn More 67 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Bike the White Pass

    WHITE PASS

    MOUNTAIN BIKING

    Once the snow melts you can ride to the top of White Pass Ski Resort, an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet! Not up for the challenge? There are plenty of accessible trails just minutes away.

    Learn More 54 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 4 Road Bike the Yakima River Canyon

    YAKIMA RIVER CANYON

    ROAD BIKING

    Ride your bicycle past the basalt layers in valley walls and follow the meandering Yakima River, as it sometimes slices between basalt cliffs formed by centuries-old upheavals.

    Learn More 24 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 5 Bike the Yakima Greenway

    YAKIMA GREENWAY

    ROAD BIKING

    The Yakima Greenway is an 18-mile paved pathway that follows the Yakima River stretching from Union Gap to Selah. Take a break from riding by stopping at one of the 3 parks along the way.

    Learn More 1 mile from the Visitor Information Center
  • Trek Yakima

    TREK YAKIMA

    Trek Yakima was built to assist you in finding all of the wonderful trails around the Yakima area. It shows you nearby trails and allows you to search for and save your favorite Yakima trails.

    Learn More

YAKIMA VALLEY HIKING

Because of its unique geology and proximity to the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range, the Yakima Valley is a hiker’s paradise. Rocky, granite canyons are topped by scenic, high-desert landscapes. Forest trails give way to breath-taking mountain vistas. But the best part? It’s all just minutes away from Downtown Yakima. A quick drive, a short hike, and you get postcard-perfect views, and it took the same amount of time most people spend sitting in traffic every day.

It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is, there’s plenty of hiking options in the Yakima Valley! Stroll along 18-miles of paved pathway down the Yakima Greenway, escape into the scenic Yakima River Canyon or scale the summit of Mount Rainier; the possibilities are endless and easily accessible. And since many hiking trails pass through the vineyards of our local wineries, make sure to plan accordingly and end your hike on a delicious note!

  • 1 Bike the Cowiche Canyon Trail

    COWICHE CANYON

    Cowiche Canyon Conservancy maintains over 30 miles of hiking trails that cater to all fitness levels. And with four different trailheads, that means easily accessible day hikes close to Downtown Yakima!

    Learn More 9 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Hike at Chinook Pass

    CHINOOK PASS

    This Scenic Byway connects three designated wilderness areas, two national forests and a national park, so there are limitless hiking options, from easy nature walks to thigh-burning uphill climbs!

    Learn More 67 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Hike the White Pass

    WHITE PASS

    The White Pass Scenic Byway has endless options for hiking. Summit peaks, explore wilderness lakes or dive into rolling canyon! There are endless ways to find adventure on foot!

    Learn More 54 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 4 Hike the Yakima River Canyon

    Umtanum Recreation Area

    Located in the scenic Yakima River Canyon, this beautiful spot lets you hike through massive basalt cliffs before crossing the Yakima River and transitioning into spectacular rolling desert hills.

    Learn More 24 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 5 Hike the Yakima Greenway

    YAKIMA GREENWAY

    18 miles of paved pathway parallels two rivers, several fishing ponds and three parks. And since its open year round from dawn to dusk, it’s the perfect spot for getting the dog out for walk!

    Learn More 1 mile from the Visitor Information Center
  • Trek Yakima

    TREK YAKIMA

    Trek Yakima was built to assist you in finding all of the wonderful trails around the Yakima area. It shows you nearby trails and allows you to search for and save your favorite Yakima trails.

    Learn More

YAKIMA VALLEY WATER RECREATION

FISHING, WHITE WATER RAFTING, BOATING, RIVER FLOATING, KAYAKING

Just because there are 300 days of sunshine each year doesn’t mean the Yakima Valley is short on water! Our waterways wind their way down the forested slopes of the East Cascade Mountain Range, forming 109 different lakes and a combined 173 miles of flowing rivers. The Yakima River is Washington State’s only designated “Blue Ribbon” trout fishing stream, while the many lakes and reservoirs make it the perfect destination for boating, kayaking and waterskiing.

Whether you’re an adventure lover looking for a whitewater thrill or just want to take a leisurely afternoon fly fishing the banks of a lazy river, the Yakima Valley waterways provide the perfect escapes throughout the entire year. There’s no better way to beat the heat than spending a day on the water in the Yakima Valley!

  • 1 Yakima River Canyon

    YAKIMA RIVER CANYON

    The perfect spot for a leisurely summertime float or a relaxing day of fly fishing (it’s our state’s only "Blue Ribbon" trout stream), the Yakima River Canyon has plenty of access points and endless ways to have fun!

    • BOATING
    • FISHING
    • KAYAKING
    • RIVER FLOATING
    Learn More 24 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Yakima Greenway

    YAKIMA GREENWAY

    This 18 mile paved pathway borders both the Yakima and Naches rivers, and has six small lakes and fishing ponds perfect for an afternoon in the sun! The larger ponds all feature boat launches and most have picnic facilities.

    • FISHING
    • KAYAKING
    • BOATING
    Learn More 1 mile from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Rimrock Lake

    RIMROCK LAKE

    A quick 40-minute drive from Downtown Yakima, Rimrock Lake serves up 187 square miles of prime water recreation, surrounded by breathtaking views of rugged glaciers and towering forests!

    • BOATING
    • FISHING
    • KAYAKING
    Learn More 43 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 4 Tieton White Water River Rafting

    TIETON RIVER

    The Tieton River is the fastest-moving, fastest-dropping river in Washington! Every September, water gets released from Rimrock Lake, creating 12 miles of amazing whitewater rafting and kayaking!

    • WHITE WATER RAFTING
    • KAYAKING
    Learn More 33 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 5 Little Naches River

    LITTLE NACHES RIVER

    Head up Chinook Pass Scenic Byway to check out this exciting kayak spot! Put in at Mathew Creek and splash through 9.5 miles of class III and IV rapids down to the Little Naches Campground.

    • WHITE WATER RAFTING
    • KAYAKING
    Learn More 53 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 6 Bumping Lake

    BUMPING LAKE

    Created naturally by glaciers and fed by snowmelt, Bumping Lake is a picturesque fishing destination, and features a boat launch, campgrounds, boat rentals and tons of accesible adventure opportunities!

    • BOATING
    • FISHING
    • KAYAKING
    Learn More 59 miles from the Visitor Information Center

WATER RECREATION BUSINESSES

YAKIMA VALLEY WINTER RECREATION

SKIING, NORDIC SKIING, SNOWMOBILING, SNOWSHOEING

Even though there’s 300 days of sunshine in the Yakima Valley, there’s still plenty of winter sports activity to take advantage of! Once the snow begins to fall, the Yakima Valley gets transformed into a winter sport haven. The hiking trails are converted into avenues for miles of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The alpine meadows and valleys become prime snowmobile real estate. And families of skiers and snowboarders load up and start heading for White Pass Ski Area! Winter in the Yakima Valley is a magical time!

  • 1 White Pass Skiing

    WHITE PASS

    With eight ski lifts, two mountain lodges and 1,500 acres of accessible terrain, White Pass is the place to be for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels!

    • SKIIING
    • NORDIC SKIING
    • SNOWMOBILING
    • SNOWSHOEING
    Learn More 54 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Ahtanum Forest Snowmobiling

    AHTANUM FOREST

    Prime snowmobile country is just a short drive off the freeway! Miles of trails lead up to pristine alpine meadows and awe-inspiring high country!

    • SNOWMOBILING
    • SNOWSHOEING
    Learn More 38 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Chinook Pass Nordic Skiing

    CHINOOK PASS

    Find a trail right off the highway, then unload the snowmobiles or strap on your cross country skis for miles of winter adventure!

    • NORDIC SKIING
    • SNOWMOBILING
    • SNOWSHOEING
    Learn More 67 miles from the Visitor Information Center

WINTER RECREATION BUSINESSES

YAKIMA VALLEY HORESBACK RIDING

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful journey around a tranquil lake or a more adventurous excursion over mountain heights, the Yakima Valley provides plenty of idyllic escapes for horse enthusiasts. And riding your horse through the vineyards while you go wine tasting is an experience you’ll never forget! Being an agriculture community, the Yakima Valley is extremely welcoming to the horseback riding community. Many local outfitters offer rentals and guided tours, so even if you’re new to horseback riding you can quickly become a seasoned pro!

  • 1 Yakima Valley Wine Tasting by Horseback

    RATTLESNAKE HILLS Cherrywood B&B

    Take a horseback ride through the vineyards, stop and sip at a couple wineries, then spend the night in their luxury teepees! This is a unique horseback experience you can only have in the Yakima Valley!

    Learn More 20 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Yakima Valley Wine Tasting by Horseback

    RED MOUNTAIN

    Join Red Mountain Trails for a wagon ride or a horseback tours and enjoy the striking views of the Red Mountain AVA vineyards. Make sure and book a sunset dinner on top of a secluded knoll!

    Learn More 67 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Yakima Valley Alpine Horseback Riding

    WHITE PASS AREA

    No experience necessary to take advantage of these horseback tours through the trails of White Pass. Enjoy the beautiful mountain and forest views while you and a wide assortment of wildlife.

    Learn More 35 miles from the Visitor Information Center

YAKIMA VALLEY ROCK CLIMBING

The rugged, volcanic geology of the Yakima Valley make it one of Washington State’s best rock climbing and mountaineering destinations. Many of the Valley’s mountaineering spots are praised by the climbing community for their solid rock quality and the variety of routes. A short drive from Downtown Yakima and you’re able to rope up a quick pitch, and be steps away from terrain that will challenge even the most experienced climbers. And with the Yakima Valley’s sweeping landscapes, nearly every climb ends in a breath-taking view.

  • 1 White Pass Rock Climbing

    WHITE PASS AREA

    Known among the climbing community for its solid rock quality and variety of routes, the Tieton River Valley at the entrance to White Pass is one of the Valley’s best kept secrets.

    Learn More 54 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Cowiche Canyon Rock Climbing

    COWICHE CANYON

    Just a short hike from two neighboring wineries is a stunning basalt and andesite canyon that creates a great variety of climbing routes perfect for any skill level.

    Learn More 9 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Mt. Rainier Rock Climbing

    MT. RAINIER

    Experience the awesome majesty of Mount Rainier, with its breathtaking views and challenging ascents, this is an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

    Learn More 79 miles from the Visitor Information Center

YAKIMA VALLEY WILDLIFE VIEWING

The rocky ridges, grassy hillsides, and wide-open meadows, not to mention all the rivers and lakes, means the Yakima Valley is the ideal home for a diverse array of wildlife. Between the federally managed wildlife preserves and the proximity of the naturally occurring habitats, there are plenty of easily accessible opportunities to catch a glimpse of wildlife. And because of the Valley’s 300 days of sunshine each year, there’s plenty of time to get out and see them all.

Hike your way through Chinook and White Pass, both of which play host to Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep, deer, birds of prey, songbirds, blue herons, osprey, wood ducks, grouse, and a large variety of amphibians. Explore the dramatic basalt cliffs of the Yakima River Canyon, which shelters the densest concentration of nesting hawks, eagles, and falcons in Washington State. Or stroll through the Yakima Area Arboretum, home to hundreds of species of birds and small mammals.

  • 1 Naches Elk Feeding Station

    Oak Creek Wildlife Area

    With nearly 50,000 acres of upland sage and forest, Oak Creek is the perfect place to see hundreds of deer, elk, and upland game birds. Don’t forget to check out the Elk Feeding Station in the winter!

    Learn More 22 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 2 Yakima River Canyon Wildlife Viewing

    YAKIMA RIVER CANYON

    Travel for 27 miles along the Yakima River, for sights of rich wildlife including the highest concentration of hawks, eagles and falcons in Washington.

    Learn More 21 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • 3 Toppenish Wildlife Preserve

    Toppenish Wildlife Refuge

    Established in 1964 as a preserve for migratory waterfowl, this federally managed habitat encompasses nearly 2,000 acres that is now home to many other birds and resident wildlife species.

    Learn More 24 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • Bike the Cowiche Canyon Trail

    COWICHE CANYON

    Home to hundreds of varieties of birds and raptors, the Cowiche Canyon is a gorgeous spot for viewing wildlife! Take time to hike out to the butterfly conservancy, but watch out for rattlesnakes!

    Learn More 9 miles from the Visitor Information Center
  • Hike the Yakima Greenway

    YAKIMA GREENWAY

    The 18-mile paved pathway of the Yakima Greenway boasts a number of wildlife viewing platforms, the ideal spot to catch your breath while you look for blue herons, bald eagles, river trout and more!

    Learn More 1 mile from the Visitor Information Center
  • Yakima Area Arboretum

    Yakima Area Arboretum

    Stroll through the 46 acres of the pristine Yakima Arboretum and keep your eyes peeled for the hundreds of varieties of birds that inhabitat the grounds throughout the year.

    Learn More 2.4 miles from the Visitor Information Center


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