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Find the perfect activity to start exploring outside Walla Walla. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to explore our growing catalog of recreation opportunities, use the filter for a quick way to discover your next adventure in the Blue Mountains.

Tales from the Wild

Sitting around the campfire reflecting on the day’s adventures, sharing photos of some of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest (in our humble opinion), and joining our quest to discover all the ways to play in the Blue Mountains—we hope you enjoy our tales of being outside. If you need a few ideas about what to do with your weekend, look no further. If you’ve always wondered about the history of our area, we’ll interview the experts. If you are wanting to try a new activity but aren’t quite sure how to get started, we’ll connect you with folks who would love to help you get outside. There are literally millions of acres to explore. See you out there!

48 Hours in Walla Walla: Spring Into June
Almost time to tear another page off the family calendar, June is right around the corner. We get it–you are busy. School is ending, it’s time to close second quarter at work, and all your vacation plans are likely hinging on perfect execution of task lists over the next few weeks. I might be projecting. If this is you and you need a few days of mother nature to bring you back, look no further…

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Events

With so many organizations hosting events or community-organized activities, it is easy to find something to sign-up for year-round. The list of fun things to do is growing every year, and there is something for everyone—families, thrill seekers, retired folks. Many educational programs highlight the unique and interesting features of the Blue Mountain region and our rich agricultural history; film festivals help bridge the gap between fall and spring, making longer nights more entertaining; and more and more competitive events are making an annual presence. Check our events calendar often as there will surely be an event that speaks to you.

Blue Mountain Land Trust: Botany in the Blues II

On this second field workshop, co-sponsored by a grant from The Washington Native Plant Society, the Blue Mountain Land Trust will continue to look at the amazing native plant diversity of the Blue Mountains. Participants will become familiar with the tools and resources needed to recognize and identify the flowers, other plants and lichens they will encounter while on their own future mountain ramblings. We will visit areas rich with a variety of wildflowers, shrubs…

Blue Mountain Land Trust: Designing Bee Friendly Gardens

Planting bee-friendly gardens helps support pollinators of all varieties, ensures your vegetables are pollinated, and can help perpetuate plants that depend on pollination- over 90% of the world’s plants. Though many of us think of honeybees when we think of pollinators, there are 4000 species of native bees in the United States. Butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, beetles and many beneficial insects also act as pollinators, and bee-friendly gardens support them as well. Bee-friendly gardens are, by…

Blogs

Whenever we find a new opportunity to play in the wild or interesting information about our area, we will share it with you through Adventures. Grow Them Wild offers ideas about how to engage kids in nature, and Campering recounts our experiences exploring the Pacific Northwest and beyond in a camper.

Welcome to Outside Walla Walla

Imagine a place where the landscape transforms from rich, agricultural lands built upon sediments brought down from historic cataclysmic floods to dense forest atop ridges cut by hundreds of creeks in just the turn of a corner. Imagine a place that exemplifies the four seasons, transforming the valley from a crisp, white wonderland of rolling hills to fields blanketed by wildflowers. Where iconic amber waves of grain give way to vibrant displays of fall foliage.

Imagine a place where you can enjoy a locally-sourced breakfast, shop for the day’s picnic at the farmers market, raft a Wild and Scenic River, and be back in time to unwind with a few friends at the annual Chamber Music Festival at the heart of town. That place is Walla Walla, Washington, and we can’t wait to show it to you.

Outside Walla Walla was designed with one goal in mind—showcase outdoor recreation opportunities in the Blue Mountain region. With over a million acres of National Forest, including three wilderness areas, across southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, there are numerous opportunities to hike, bike, camp, fish, raft, and so much more.

From a family with small children to thrill seekers, there is something for everyone. A leisurely stroll along the South Fork Walla Walla River Trail could easily become a mountain biker’s dream ride. Go north, go south, go east—the terrain surrounding Walla Walla is unique and interesting, which makes it an amazing place to explore and recreate.

Outside Walla Walla exists for those with an adventurous spirit, a collection of tales of being in the wild and ideas about how to create your own adventure. No experience needed. If this is your first time biking a trail or casting into the river, welcome, and prepare to be amazed. If you fell in the love the first time you saw the sun rise over a field of balsamroot, welcome back—there are countless memories to be made. If you’ve hiked all 715 miles of trails in the Umatilla National Forest, awesome—can’t wait to meet you out there someday. Welcome to Outside Walla Walla!

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