Official Blog for Central Washington


Central Washington is a place less known, apart from the rest, and yet so close by. We are a collection of communities woven together by a spectrum of activity. We are rugged outdoor adventures, relaxing scenic views, creative artists, and historic architecture.

Q&A with Geologist Nick Zentner
Feb 25th, 2021  |  by: Brittney W.
Nick Zentner is a geology instructor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg...
Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway Road Trip Itinerary
Feb 18th, 2021  |  by: Brittney W.
The Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway highlights Central Washington's scenic vistas...
Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor
Feb 11th, 2021  |  by: Brittney W.
In Central Washington, experiencing the outdoors is in our nature. We are committed to inspiring your love...
Q&A with Jon Hoekstra, Executive Director of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Jan 25th, 2021  |  by: Madison Ford
5 Picture-Perfect Places in Central Washington
Jan 11th, 2021  |  by: Shelby Walker
Central Washington is home to some of the most picturesque and jaw-dropping landscapes in the area...
Central Washington's Outdoor Winter Wonderland
Dec 16th, 2020  |  by: Rebekah Neal
The long awaited Winter season has finally arrived! We're thrilled to be back in the snow and we want to help make this year...
4 Ways to Take a Hike and Help Your Favorite Trail
Dec 8th, 2020  |  by: Department of Natural Resources
The stormy weather has arrived - and coupled with COVID-19, our trails could use some TLC. Here's how you can help...
A Quick Outdoor Outing in Central Washington
Nov 24th, 2020  |  by: Shelby Walker
The weather is getting colder, the days shorter, and sometimes getting outside can seem undoable or like just another thing on...
Top Five Fall Hikes in Central Washington
Oct 14th, 2020  |  by: Taylor Dover
Central Washington shows some of the most vibrant fall colors in Washington. There are plenty of beautiful hikes that will have you wanting to escape...
How To: Central Washington's Visitor Center
Sept 18th, 2020  |  by: Taylor Dover
A trip to Central Washington may be on the horizon, so it is important to be prepared. Central Washington has multiple visitor centers...
Central Washington's Top Lakes
Aug 21st, 2020  |  by: Cole Harrison
Whether you are an avid fisherman or a family looking for a new body of water to explore, Central Washington has a wide variety of lakes...
The Benefits of Exploring the Outdoors
July 15th, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
We are officially past the dark, gloomy days of winter! The summer season is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the...
Hiking Etiquette 101: How To Be a Good Traveler in 5 Steps
June 19th, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
Central Washington takes pride in being home to many of the most beautiful trails in the country.
Stepping Foot into Central Washington's Top Hiking Trails
May 21st, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
The beauty of nature doesn't always make its way to us. We must go find it for ourselves!
Central Washington's List of Staycation Necessities
Apr 22nd, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
Just because we can't travel or get out and explore Central Washington right now doesn't mean we can't...
A Full List of Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy This Summer
Mar 26th, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures...
Central Washington's Top Date Ideas
Feb 10th, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures, Central Washington is a magical backdrop for romantic dates...
Tips for Winter Recreation
Jan 17th, 2020  |  by: Brittney W.
Winter has overtaken Central Washington, and outdoor recreation lovers are thrilled! Activities like snowmobiling, skiing, and more...
Top Attractions in Central WA
Sept 3rd, 2019  |  by: Brittney W.
Central Washington has a little of something for everyone, so why not take a road trip across Kittitas County to experience it all?
Top 4 Vineyards and Wineries in Central Washington
July 11th, 2019  |  by: Brittney W.
Explore Washington Wine Country this summer with a wine tasting getaway in Central Washington!
Top 3 Summer Activities in Central Washington
July 3rd, 2019  |  by: Brittney W.
Escape to Central Washington this summer for the ultimate outdoor adventure!
3 New Things to Try in Washington
Apr 10th, 2019  |  by: Brittney W.
Challenge yourself by participating in a few of Central Washington's signature activities! An outdoorsman's paradise!




A Land of Contrasts
From the mighty Columbia River to the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, Kittitas County is a premier destination for outdoor adventure, sunshine, and unique cultural offerings.
Find out more at one of our Visitor Centers:

Ellensburg, WA
609 N. Main St, Ellensburg
(888) 925-2204

Cle Elum, WA
312 W. 1st Street, Cle Elum
(509) 674-6880

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