Featuring over 300 days of sunshine per year, there is always something to do and enjoy in the Canyon.
Here are links to some of the activities you can enjoy in the area. There are far too many to list, so please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions. We're more than happy
to help make your stay in the Canyon and Valley as memorable as possible!
The Yakima Valley has over 60 wineries on over 17,000 vineyard acres. Yakima is located on the same latitude as the Bordeaux region of France and has very similar soil. The primary varieties of grapes grown include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Riesling. The Yakima Valley was the first recoginized American Vinicultural Area (AVA) in the Pacific Northwest. Terroir is the French term for the quality of the soil. The soils of the Yakima Valley are similar in that they have a basalt base from ancient volcanic activity and silts from the last ice age.
WINERIES, TASTING ROOMS, AND TOURS
- Naches Heights Vineyard, Yakima, WA
- Owen Row Winery, Yakima, WA
- Treveri Cellars, Wapato, WA
- Cote Bonneville, Sunnyside, WA
- Gilbert Cellars, Yakima, WA
- Gard Vintners, Ellensburg
- Thrall and Dodge Winery, Ellensburg
- Treveri Cellars, Wapato
- Ellensburg Canyon Winery, Ellensburg
Wine Country Events, Yakima Valley
BEER AND CIDER
The Yakima Valley is the home of the largest hops growing region in the world. Over 75% of the United State's hops come from the Yakima Valley. Most hop farms are family owned and go back three or four generations and grow a combination of both aroma and alpha varieties.
BREWERIES, BREWPUBS, CIDER WORKS, AND TOURS
- Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Moxee
- Berchman's Brewing Company, Yakima
- Drink Yakima, Yakima
- Hop Capital Brewing, Yakima
- Single Hill Brewing Company, Yakima
- Tieton Cider Works, Yakima
- Valley Brewing Company, Yakima
- Wandering Hop Brewery, Yakima
Download the USA Hops Variety Brochure here.
The Yakima Valley Spirits and Hops Trail - The perfect guide to events, tours, and educational programs about the Valley hops, breweries, distilleries, and cideries.
- The Ellensburg Distillery, Ellensburg
- Swede Hill Distillery, Yakima
- The Distillarium, Yakima
- Heritage Distilling, Roslyn
The Yakima Valley is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the Country. 70% of the nation's apples, 42% of the nation's pears, 75% of the nation's hops are grown in the Yakima Valley along with grapes, mint and spearmint, and more. The Valley is home to over 40 commercial crops and hundreds of varieties. The area's agriculture depends upon the snowpack in the Cascade Mountains to irrigate the crops as so little rain falls in the Valley. The Mountain water and the volcanic soil of the region form the perfect partnership for the agricultural bounty the Valley provides.
Ellensburg Farmers Market - East 4th Avenue, Ellensburg
Green Bow Farm - 1809 Howard Rd, Ellensburg
Downtown Yakima Farmers Sunday Market - 22 S. 3rd St, Yakima
Yakima Farmers Sunday Market in Union Gap - 9 E. Valley Mall Blvd, Union Gap
For the Culinary Adventurer! Washington has one of the highest number of mushroom species in the world and many are found in the Yakima Valley. Visit the Yakima Valley Mushroom Society for more information.
There are endless opportunities for adventure in the Yakima River Canyon. You can fish in Washington State's only Blue Ribbon trout stream, spend a lazy day rafting, or go hiking, biking, hunting, horseback riding, and much more. The Canyon is a favorite of wildlife and landscape photographers.
Popular trails in the Ellensburg and Yakima areas:
Umtanum Creek Canyon
Length: 6.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy-to-medium with an elevation gain of 500 feet
Features: Meadows, river views, wildlife.
This hike is only 2 miles from Canyon River Ranch and is one of the most popular hikes in the area. Take a pleasant hike in the Yakima Canyon spring through fall and enjoy beautiful views of the river and a chance to see wildlife like bighorn sheep and deer. This hike is good for families and allows dogs on leashes.
Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail
Length: 2 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Medium-to-hard with an elevation gain of 1,250 feet
Features: Meadows, mountain and river views, wildlife.
This short but steep hike features beautiful views of the north end of the Yakima Canyon. You’ll see everything from farmland at the beginning of the hike to Mount Rainier at the peak and everything in between. In the spring, wildflowers bloom along the trail, guiding you to the summit.
Manastash Ridge Hike
Length: 4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Hard with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet
Features: Meadows, mountain views, ridges
This hike is a 30-minute drive from Canyon River Ranch and has some of the best views in the central Washington area. Enjoy 360-degree views throughout the hike as you stroll along the drops and contours of the mountain. Dogs are allowed on leash.
For more trail routes and information, visit the Washington Trails Association hiking guide.
If you're interested in what wildlife you might see while staying at the Ranch, have a look at our Canyon Wildlife Guide.
- Suntides Golf Course, Yakima
- Apple Tree Golf Course, Yakima
- Yakima Country Club, Yakima
- Westwood Golf Course, Yakima
- Fisher Park Golf Course, Yakima
- Ellensburg Golf and Country Club, Ellensburg
- Cherry Hill Golf Course, Granger
- Suncadia Golf Course, Cle Elum
- River Ridge Golf Course, Selah
- Disc Golf Course, Yakima
- Hanson Ponds Disc Golf, Cle Elum
- Dawson Park Disc Golf, Cle Elum
- Ellensburg Disc Golf, Ellensburg
ARTS AND CULTURE
Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center
Kittatas County Historical Museum
Clymer Museum of Art
Irene Rhinehart Riverfront Park
Gallery One Visual Art Center
Central Washington University
The Museum of Culture and Environment
The Yakima Valley Society for Cultural Education - Music, Dance, Theater
The Larson Gallery
The Capitol and 4th Street Theatres
The Seasons Perfomance Hall
Yakima Symphony Orchestra
Central Washington State Fair, held each year in late September at State Fair Park.
Yakima Folklife Festival, held the second week of July at Franklin Park.
Fresh Hop Ale Festival, held each October in Downtown Yakima.
Catch the Crush, Yakima Valley