Dreaming of adventure? Plan your future summer escapes to get outside in the Yakima Valley’s wide open spaces. For now, make it a day trip. When we can open our doors again, make a weekend of it and choose an adventure or two. There’s enough to keep you busy for weekend getaways from summer to fall.
Be sure to leave time for farm-fresh flavors! Add a farm stand stop or u-pick experience to your weekend. Sit back and relax with summer sipping at the Valley’s craft breweries and wineries when they open their doors again. For now, enjoy the Valley’s craft beverages to go with a drive through valley vineyards and hop fields.
With more than 300 miles of trails in every direction, you’ll find an experience for all abilities. From sub-alpine mountain trails to unique shrub-steppe landscapes, this is your destination for hiking, mountain biking and trial running under sunny skies. Choose your perfect adventure just a short drive from Yakima along scenic mountain bi-ways, in our national forests and right in town with Yakima’s Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.
Are you a water lover? With six rivers and pristine mountain lakes Yakima is surrounded by beautiful waterways for your weekend adventures. Whether you float or paddle the Yakima River, ride Tieton River Rapids or enjoy the serenity of stand up paddle boarding surrounded by mountain scenery, there are plenty of ways to cool off this summer.
The Yakima Valley is home to Washington’s only blue ribbon trout stream. Enjoy a peaceful day angling, surrounded by the Yakima River Canyon’s stunning basalt cliffs. Schedule your guided tour with Red’s Fly Shop and order online for curbside pickup of all your angling needs. They offer guidance and instruction for all abilities. When they re-open, stay for the weekend and enjoy the 1,000 feet of private riverfront at Canyon River Ranch.
Whether you’re looking to try a new outdoor adventure, build confidence, learn new skills or challenge yourself, schedule an outdoor adventures clinic and class for a new experience. Shannon and Andy Mahre of Mahre Made and Girls with Grit offer group clinics, private lessons and retreats for trail runners and mountain bikers, from introductory to advanced experiences. They also host SUP clinics on both lakes and rivers. Sara Washburn of Just Breathe SUP offers paddle boarding clinics, private classes, retreats and even SUP yoga on the lake.
If you’re looking for hills to climb and trails to blaze, this is your destination for off-road adventures. Count on ideal, dry conditions for riding summer through fall. Enjoy hours of epic riding in Ahtanum State Forest and along our scenic mountain byways. Even better, enjoy abundant, free parking for your rig and your machines at Valley hotels. Check out the green dot trail maps.
There isn’t a better way to enjoy the Valley’s vineyards than on horseback or bike ride wine tasting tours. Plan ahead for your unique wine country adventures. Red Mountain Trails offers both horseback and bike wine tasting tours. Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn hosts horseback wine tasting, as well as an incredible tee-pee glamping experience. Kickstand Tours is ready for your adventures with electric bike wine tours when wineries re-open.