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KCTS 9 – Explore the Outdoors: Yakima River Canyon

Original articles and images posted to KCTS 9, May 17, 2016

by John Taylor

You might sit on one of these ridges on some warm spring afternoon just to watch the Yakima River glide through the canyon below. You’ll swear that river hasn’t really moved, hasn’t changed, hasn’t heard anything anyone has said for 10,000 years.
The Yakima River Canyon. Photo by KCTS 9

The Yakima River Canyon. Photo by KCTS 9

It’s one of those Northwest constants, you might tell yourself. A comfort in an upside-down world of computerized chaos and political provocation. A free spirit that’s oblivious to the hum of Interstate 82 traffic over the crests to the east, the buzz of boat motors on its surface or the throaty snarls of Harleys that make their way up and down scenic State Route 821 along its banks.
And yet…




Ellensburg lies in the Kittitas Valley on the east side of the Cascade mountain range.

The town was first established in the 1860s as a meeting place for cattle herders. The town was originally named “Robbers’ Roost” after the local trading post. Ellensburg has fantastic
access to a wide variety of recreation opportunities, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, rafting, fly fishing and horseback riding. Ellensburg falls in the Cascades’ rain shadow, receiving only 9 inches of precipitation and enjoying more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it the perfect fall or winter getaway from the rainy west side.

Ellensburg has a vibrant historic downtown area, which earned national recognition for its historic preservation efforts. Visitors can walk to art galleries, restaurants, antique stores, wine shops and museums. The town also hosts many annual events and festivals including the Ellensburg Wine Festival, an art show and auction, Jazz in the Valley, the Kittitas County Fair and many more. Click here for a full listing.

Ellensburg is also home to Central Washington University, which brings a wealth of cultural and community events for residents and visitors alike. Every Saturday, May through October, from 9:00am – 1:00pm Ellensburg hosts the Kittitas County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is known for its farm-fresh and local produce, textiles and jewelry, baked goods and much more.

If you visit during Labor Day weekend, be sure to check out the Ellensburg Rodeo – the oldest of its kind in Washington State

To learn more about Ellensburg and Kittitas County, visit the Ellensburg website or the Visit Ellensburg page.

Fish. Families. Farms.
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