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Enjoy many opportunities for fishing, bird watching, and other wildlife viewings including moose, deer, and more in the scenic Ellensburg area of Kittitas County.

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CWU Japanese Gardens
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400 E 8th Avenue | Ellensburg, WA 98926
The Garden represents the bonds of friendship and understanding which exists between people of Japan and those of the Central Washington Region. Each year the Garden is visited by Masa Mizuno of Masa and Associates Inc., the Japanese landscape architect who designed it. During his visits he provides consultation and training to Central's grounds crew in the ongoing maintenance of the Garden.
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Lake Easton State Park
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150 Lake Easton State Park Rd. | Easton, WA 98925
Positioned on the shores of Lake Easton in the Cascade Mountain foothills, relax and recreate year-round at Lake Easton State Park. Discover the picturesque mountain views and explore the scenic hiking trails. Come for a restful afternoon or spend a few days camping.
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Leah Polacek Butterfly Garden
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400 E University Way | Ellensburg, WA 98926
What will be one of the only open-air butterfly gardens on a college campus anywhere in the world will be dedicated at Central Washington University on Friday, June 2, at 10 a.m. So says Nan Doolittle, CWU art and family and consumer sciences instructor. The garden is her brainchild. Sadly, it was a brainchild born out of tragedy -- the death of her then 31-year-old daughter. The garden is named the "Leah Polacek Butterfly Garden" in her honor.
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Paul Rogers Wildlife Viewing
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2400 Judge Ronald Road | Ellensburg, WA 98926
Approximately one mile from Ellensburg, this 19.8 acre park provides a diverse wildlife habitat to observe while walking on groomed trails and paths. Amenities: Bathrooms, picnic shelter, and trails.
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Wildlife Access Area
Ellensburg, WA 98926
The Washington Department of Wildlife maintains the natural setting of the park along the Yakima River, providing public fishing and scenic nature trails that follow the river. The park is located 3 miles south of Ellensburg. Follow Canyon Road to Ringer Loop Road and turn right. Follow the road until you see the public fishing sign. A parking permit is required and can be obtained from any store location that sells hunting and fishing licenses.
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Yakima Rim Skyline Trail / Umptanum Ridge
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Take Main Street south until it turns into Canyon Road. Turn right on to Umptanum Road (at the Subway & McDonalds) and follow for about 5 miles. Turn left on to the unpaved, and historic Jacob Durr Road. Proceed across the high plateau and commence the steep, narrow, rough descent to the floor of Umptanum Canyon. At 4.1 miles from Umptanum Road is the ford of Umptanum Creek. A 3-mile climb, for a total 12.1 miles from Canyon road, culminates at the North Trailhead - elevation 3375.
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Skiing And Snowboarding
Ellensburg, WA is surrounded by several snowboarding and ski resorts, the closest one being the Summit at Snoqualmie.
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Wildlife Viewing
Enjoy many opportunities for fishing, bird watching and other wildlife viewing in scenic Ellensburg, WA and Kittitas Country.
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River Rafting
Make a splash during your time in Ellensburg by booking a thrilling rafting excursion on the Yakima River. We have top-notch guides ready to take you out on the local waters.
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Parks in Ellensburg
The City of Ellensburg features 20 parks which includes over 230 acres of developed regional, community, neighborhood, and pocket parks.
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Bird Watching
See many varities of wildlife and birds including quail, chukar, grouse, hawks, eagles, and songbirds.
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Horseback Riding
Because there are deserts, long stretches of valley, and mountain ranges, horseback-riding enthusiasts can experience a huge variety of riding locations in Ellensburg, WA and Kittitas County.
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Self-Guided Activities
Explore Ellensburg on your own terms! View our list of self-guided activities that can found in the area.
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Golf
Golfing is available in Ellensburg and also in the upper portion of the county at Suncadia's Arnold Palmer Prospector course.
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Biking
There's a trail and road for every biking level in Kittitas County, Scenic Ellensburg, Washington.
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Rockhounding
Both locals and rock enthusiasts from around the world come to hunt the Ellensburg Blue agate stone here.
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Fly Fishing
Miles of scenic river meander through the Yakima Canyon, making the area one of the premier spots for fly fishing in the Northwest.
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Snowmobiling
With more than 500 miles of groomed trails in the upper portion of Kittitas County, the area is said to be the most popular snowmobiling spot in Washington State.



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