Unearthing Ellensburg Blue Agate: A Gem of Central Washington

Hidden away in the heart of Central Washington lies a sparkling secret of nature, a gem that has captured the imaginations of collectors, lapidaries, and jewelry enthusiasts for generations. Known as the Ellensburg Blue Agate, this exquisite stone is a true testament to the beauty that lies within the core of Central Washington. The Ellensburg […]

Ski Safety

Cross country skiing is a fantastic way to embrace the beauty of Central Washington’s outdoors during the winter months. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or just starting, safety should always be a top priority. At Central Washington Outdoors, we’re committed to helping you make the most of your skiing experience while staying safe on the […]

Tips for Winter Recreation Safety in Central Washington

Winter has overtaken Central Washington, and outdoor recreation lovers are thrilled! Activities like snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding are more than just winter sports, they are a lifestyle and point of pride for many Central Washington residents and visitors. Whether you are familiar with winter recreation or not, we want you to stay safe and be […]

Fall Getaways in Central Washington For Your Budget

Central Washington is known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes, cozy accommodations, and delicious culinary experience. Whether you travel in luxury or travel on a budget, Central Washington offers memorable experiences. Choose from luxury resorts to amazing food trucks, no matter your budget, Central Washington is one place to add to your bucket list. For […]

9 Fall Festivities to Fall in Love with in Central Washington

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, Central Washington comes alive with a vibrancy of fall colors and an alluring array of events that celebrate the changing season. Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, this enchanting region offers a diverse range of activities that allow residents and visitors alike to […]

Ellensburg Rodeo: A Western Tradition, 100 Years in the Making

The Ellensburg Rodeo is one of the oldest and most celebrated rodeos in the United States. With a rich history dating back over a century, this event has become an iconic symbol of Western heritage, attracting thousands of visitors and participants from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The rodeo has grown from a […]

The Benefits of Exploring the Outdoors

We are officially past the dark, gloomy days of winter! The summer season is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Central Washington outdoor activities. Not only is it a time to enjoy being outdoors, but also a time to recognize all of the benefits that the sun can offer you! We […]

Navigating the Yakima River: Essential Boat Safety Tips

Boating on the scenic Yakima River in Washington offers a wonderful way to appreciate nature’s beauty and engage in recreational activities. However, like any waterway, the Yakima River demands proper respect and caution. In this blog, we will explore essential boat safety tips to ensure your journey along the Yakima River is not only enjoyable […]

10 Safety Tips for Paddle Sports

Before you head out on the water, check local guidelines and follow public health rules. Central Washington’s long winters yield lush spring and early summer landscapes. Warm temperatures and long sunny days draw people, locals, and visitors alike, to the rivers and lakes woven throughout Kittitas County. Paddle sports are among the most common ways […]

4 Ways to Take a Hike and Help Your Favorite Trail

Guest Author: Department of Natural Resources What does being a trail steward mean? A trail steward is someone that knows what a trail in good shape looks like, someone who cares for trails as they use them. If you are a new trail user, or just never heard of trail stewardship, it’s as simple as […]