Local Area Attractions
Olmstead Place State Heritage Area
Thorp Grist Mill
Quiet, shady pull thrus situated on the Yakima River.
Green Canyon/Naneum-Wilson Trail
This region displays the beauty of the valley from a different perspective. Just north of town, this area offers a variety of opportunities for those with outdoor interests such as: Hiking, Horseback riding, motorcycle, biking, x-country skiing, snowmobiling.
Rainforest Exhibit at the Children's Activity Museum
What: New exhibit at the Children's Activity Museum
Where: 118 E. Fourth Ave. Ellensburg, WA 98926
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday
Cost: General admission: $4.25 per person (Children under 1 are free)
$14.50 for a family pass. Memberships are also available.
Roslyn is a historic coal mining town which boasts of a log cabin built in the 1880's, 25 old ethnic cemeteries and the quaint Roslyn Museum. Roslyn is the filming site of the television series "Northern Exposure."
Horse Rentals & Riding
Happy Trails Horseback Riding Ranch Hay Rides - Sleigh Rides - Wagon Train trips - Carriages. Address: 551 Pioneer Trail Road - Easton, WA Take Exit #74 off of Interstate 90 and follow it down 1/2 mile.
Umtanum Creek Recreation Area is a great place to explore, with a fine canyon hike leading to rolling hills above.
Great Trout Fishing
This is one of Washington State's best trout fishing areas.
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute
Located at Central Washington University. Have a great time at "Chimposiums," one hour educational workshops involving the world renowned chimpanzees which have acquired extensive American Sign Language vocabularies.
Red Top Lookout
There are few mountaintops in Washington that are accessible by such a short and easy trail. Red Top is a great trail for kids and for adults wanting a half-day hike in the Teanaways. This area is also considered one of the best by valley rock hounds.
From I-90, take exit 85 and go north on Hwy. 97 North for 18 miles. Just past the Mineral Springs Campground, go north on FR 9738. In 2.6 miles, go left on FR 9702. Drive 4.5 miles to the trailhead at the picnic area, elevation 5,000 feet. NW Forest Pass required.
Historic Ellensburg, Washington
A Walkabout Museum of late Victorian architecture featuring 27 buildings. Enjoy sites from the Lynch Block (dating back to 1888) to the Federal Building (1917) and Ben Snipes Bank (1889).
This canyon, just southwest of Ellensburg, offers year-round entertainment. Hiking, horseback riding, sledding and watching elk feed.
We are conveniently located to historical museums and golf courses. Take Exit 106 off of Interstate 90.
More Thing to Do in the Area
See Kittitas County Recreational Opportunities and the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce for more information.
From this scenic viewpoint you can see Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams and the Stuart Range. It's great for picnicking, hiking and photography.
Located in Thorp Washington, the Thorp Grist Mill was built in 1883 by a homesteader who lived near the Yakima River. This is the only flour mill, of six in the county, still standing today with its machinery complete.
Hiking and Horseback. This beautiful ridge borders Ellensburg to the south. If offers scenery and several opportunities for varied interest and skill levels. Enjoy a gorgeous view surrounded by forest and wildflowers in the Spring.
Picnicking, Rafting, Bird watching and Fishing. The winding river provides a beautiful and serene place to enjoy a picnic, float a raft, fly fish or simply listen to the birds who rest on its shore. There are over seven launch sites and 19 miles of accessible water.
Hiking, Horseback, Motorcycle, and Bicycles. This is a 4.4 mile moderate hike that winds along the shore of Lost Lake before climbing a plateau to Manastash Lake. It follows the shore and then climbs steeply to its end on the Manastash Ridge at a 4 x 4 trail. There is a spur trail accessed from this point.
The Yakima Canyon offers spectacular scenery and fantastic opportunities . . . you may even be able to see one of our local bald eagles! There are several places to stop and enjoy the amenities. Picnicking, fishing, rafting and bird watching.
Olmstead Place State Park
Olmstead Place State Park is one of the first homestead in the Kittitas Valley. It features the original log cabin, barns and authentic materials from the late 1800s. Good spot for picnicking.