Outdoor Recreation in Central Washington, Hiking, Biking, Fishing & More!


Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures, Central Washington is the ultimate year-round exploration destination. Offering hundreds of miles of groomed trails, visiting thrill-seekers may enjoy hiking, horseback riding and biking in the warm months as well as a multitude of winter recreation activities including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Off the trails, experience golfing on our premier courses, fishing the area's many roaring rivers and peaceful lakes, camping under the stars, and more.

Whatever adventure you come seeking, Central Washington is sure to exceed all your expectations. Explore our best outdoor activities below to begin planning an epic Central Washington adventure.

1,000 Steps
Introducing 1,000 Steps at The Lodge at Suncadia. 21 flights of stairs connecting The Lodge to the Cle Elum River, providing resort guests and owners with convenient access to river activities...
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...
Equipment Rentals
Make a splash during your time in Central Washington by booking a thrilling rafting excursion on the Yakima River. We have top-notch guides ready to take you out on the local waters.
If bike riding is your "happy place," check out Central Washington! Whether you prefer hitting the asphalt on two wheels or your preferred road is mostly dirt, there are so many rides...
There are few ways to commune with nature that compare to sleeping under the stars. Central Washington is a must-visit camping mecca. With campgrounds sprinkled throughout the county and national parks in our backyard...
Fishing spots in Kittitas County are plentiful and waiting to be discovered on your next getaway. Our location in Central Washington is near many water bodies - many of which are accessible for anglers of many types...
18 Holes in beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions and great affordability is what you'll find in Central Washington. No matter what your skill level, you'll feel like you hit a hole-in-one for great golfing...
Hiking & Trails
Fresh air, breathtaking views, and adventure abound! You don't have to be an expert outdoorsperson to enjoy the trails in Central Washington. Kittitas County is home to great outdoor escapes...
History & Culture
Central Washington is jam-packed with coal mining, railroad, timber, agriculture, education and many more intriguing topics. Visit a wide variety of museums and historical sites that have emerged...
Hunting Spots
Escape to a choice hunting spot in Central Washington. This area, part of hunting District 8, has abundant hunting opportunities and is best known for the Yakima elk herd - one of the largest herds in the state in addition to deer...
On the Water
Being out on the water is an experience many people wait all year to have. Central Washington is bursting with options of lakes, rivers, and streams! So whether you like to tube, swim, jetski, fly fish, angle fish, or relax...
Nothing beats a lovely park on a beautiful day -- and Central Washington is both full of parks and heavy on the sunshine. From Japanese Gardens and Wind Farms to Memorial Parks and Disc Golf Courses...
Self-Guided Activities
Explore Central Washington on your own terms! View our list of self-guided activities that can be found in Kittitas County.

More Things To Do
Central Washington knows how to shop and we'll show you where! Ellensburg is a place just past where the highway speeds by. It is a downtown rich with historic architecture. It is a place where art can be seen...
Winter Activities
If you wait all year for that first snowflake to fall, then Central Washington is for YOU! When the cold and snow start, recreation options really heat up in Central Washington! Come out and see for yourself.
Vineyards & Wine Tasting
Central Washington is the Gateway to Washington's wine country - so be sure to start with us! Varietals grown or produced in the Kittitas Valley include: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Muscat Ottonel & more.
Farmer's Markets
Taste the bounty of our beautiful agricultural community. Farmers markets and fresh-picked produce stands and markets are top-notch in Central Washington. Seasonal offerings are ripe for the purchasing at Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall...



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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