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Yakima River Canyon

Kara Westerlund
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This is a short and easy 25-mile drive following the Yakima River through a canyon flanked by high rolling hills and cliffs. In May, the hills are covered with yellow arrowleaf balsamroot wildflowers. Swans, ducks, and geese can often be seen in the river, and raptors soar over the canyon. Many BLM campgrounds line the banks of the river for rafting, fishing, and hiking. If you’re tired of the interstate, Highway 821 through the Yakima River Canyon is a respite from the need for speed.

Scenic Drive Tips

The BLM campgrounds offer dry camping on level paved pads. Vault toilets are conveniently located. Camping is $15 or $7.50 with the senior National Parks pass.

In Yakima, have breakfast at the Waffle Cafe (1510 N 1st Street), and visit the Washington Merci Train car at Sarg Hubbard Park (111 South 18th Street) for some obscure World War II history.

Submitted By

Carol Taylor

Photo Source

Bureau of Land Management

Important Note:

As indicated above, this scenic drive was submitted by an independent third party and has not been verified by Triple E Recreational Vehicles. Please do your own research on suitability, road conditions and road safety before attempting to drive this route.

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