Local Area Attractions Near Ellensburg KOA Journey
Olmstead Place State Park: This park is a 217 acre day-use park that features picnic space, beautiful gardens, walking trails and a small museum. The 217 acre farm has two houses: a farmhouse and a smaller Cabin. Samuel Olmstead and his family moved to the site in 1875, the same year Ellensburg was platted. The parks hosts a popular threshing bee each September and is at 921 N. Ferguson Road, about three miles west of Kittitas.
Kittitas County Historical Museum
114 E. Third Ave. | Ellensburg, WA 98926 (509) 925-3778
The Kittitas County Historical Society, founded by ancestors of valley pioneers, started the one-room museum in the 1960s and eventually moved the items, plus new ones, to its present-day location. At the museum, visitors will find nearly every era of life in Kittitas County. Permanent exhibits include the antique doll and buggy collection, historic photograph and slides, Mires glass plate negatives, Native American bag and basket collection and much more. The museum also offers several events for families.
217 Ferguson Road
Kittitas, WA 98934
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."
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.
Mount St. Helens
Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of Mount St. Helens collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. Open daily 9:30 a.m. to close. For more information please call (360) 274-7750.
Floating the Yakima River
Enjoy hours of fun floating the Yakima River
Great Trout Fishing
This is one of Washington State's best trout fishing areas.
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.
From this scenic viewpoint you can see Mt Rainier, Mt. Adams and the Stuart Range. It's great for picnicking, hiking and photography.
Umtanum Creek Recreation Area is a great place to explore, with a fine canyon hike leading to rolling hills above.
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.
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. The mill, nearly fully equipped just as it was when it stopped operating in 1946, is maintained as a major tourist destination by the non-profit Thorp Mill Town Historical Preservation Society. For visitors, there are self-guided outdoor tours available year-round and guided indoor tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1977, and restoration work went into high gear in the late 1980's and through the early 1990's.
11640 N. Thorp Hwy
Thorp, WA 98946
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.
Enjoy a day playing volleyball!
Heated Swimming Pool & Kiddie Pool
The pool is located by the KOA Office/Store.
Enjoy a game of horseshoe with a friend located on the main lawn area.
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.
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.
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.
Ellensburg Golf & Country Club
The 9-hole "Ellensburg" course at the Ellensburg Golf & Country Club facility in Ellensburg, Washington features 2,988 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course rating is 35.9 and it has a slope rating of 115 on Rye grass. Ellensburg golf course opened in 1932. Frank Crimp, III manages the course as the President/Owner.
Located 2 miles down South Thorp Hwy from the Ellensburg KOA
3231 S Thorp Hwy
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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.