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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.

Outside Walla Walla—Showcasing outdoor recreation in the Blue Mountain region

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. There are so many scenic, historic, protected, magical places surrounding the Walla Walla Valley, and we want to show them to you. Call it a staycation or long weekend. Join our passion for learning more about our natural world as well as supporting the local economies that make the area so unique.

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!

Just for fun (and a sweatshirt)!

Can you believe it is May? I’m not in touch with my feelings enough to really analyze how I am doing. I seem to find deeper meaning in movie quotes that provide sanity and a sense of calm. I hum, “do the next right thing,” in my best Anna (Frozen II) voice or channel my inner Jean-Luc Picard and recite, “one impossible thing at a time,” from the new Picard series. The kids have enjoyed…

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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.

Botany in the Blues

The Blue Mountain Land Trust will host a summer class and field event, co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society, that will facilitate a close-up look at the plant diversity of our local, northern-most Blue Mountains. New this year to enhance participant understanding and knowledge of native plants, on Wednesday, July 8, in the evening, participants will attend an online presentation. Presentation access link will be provided by email. The class will focus on all of…

EXPLORE: Fly Fishing 101

Join the Blue Mountain Land Trust and learn a new way to both experience our beautiful Blue Mountain waterways and catch your dinner! There are many places to fly fish throughout our vast region, and this is your chance to learn how. Andrew Bassler, Education Coordinator for the salmon enhancement group, Tri-State Steelheaders, will give you a crash course on the basics of fly fishing on land. You’ll learn cover casting, equipment, macro invertebrates, and…

Blogs

Whenever we find new opportunities to play outside, we will blog about it. With ideas for the entire family, our goal is to keep everyone exploring.

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 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 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!