Outdoor Recreation

An abundance of outdoor activities within a short drive of town — hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, rafting, hunting … you name it — have gone a long way toward putting Yakima on the minds of tourists around the region.

Yakima offers all the outdoor activities that make the Pacific Northwest famous.

Outdoor adventures are plentiful across the Yakima Valley, with abundant opportunities to explore every season. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular in the winter. Hiking, biking, climbing and camping are popular in the spring, summer and fall. Opportunities for water sports like kayaking, river rafting and paddle boarding are nearby.

White Pass

Skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers love to visit White Pass Ski Area off U.S. Highway 12, just 45 minutes from downtown Yakima. White Pass has a popular lodge and numerous cabins for rent.

The area is also popular among hikers, cyclists and campers during the warmer months. Dozens of trailheads, campgrounds and river access points can be found along the highway, so visitors should be prepared to pull off the road and explore.

Yakima Greenway

Visitors can walk, bike, toss the Frisbee or fish in the ponds along the 20-mile Greenway, which follows the Yakima River from Union Gap to Naches.

There are also playgrounds for the kids, plus lots of open grass areas to have a picnic or sit back and enjoy the agreeable Central Washington climate. 

The Greenway is right off Interstate 82 in Yakima, heading east on Yakima Avenue.

Yakima River Canyon

Visitors can load up their rafting gear and head toward Ellensburg on State Route 823. A half dozen recreation areas can be found right off the road, a highway that weaves through the lowlands of Yakima and Kittitas counties.

Most of the recreation areas are intended for day use, though many allow overnight camping. Here you can find people fishing, boating, hiking, taking photography and floating the river.


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