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Rose Spring Sno-Park (Photo Credit: Steve Dildine)

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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!

Meet the Team | Steve Dildine

Greetings everyone. My name is Steve Dildine, and I am Outside Walla Walla’s President of Research & Discovery. Spoiler alert--I was not always a trail enthusiast. These days there isn't a map I don't immediately study. There are so many opportunities to get outside. I enjoy working out the details to help others find their next adventure. Thanks for taking a moment to learn about our team!

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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.

Secret Life of the Forest, the Northern Blue Mountains

This 13-part series explores the natural history of the northern Blue Mountains of Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon. Come soak in the beauty and splendor of this massive mountain range and the plants and animals that inhabit this little-known landscape. Mike Denny’s incredible knowledge of the Blue Mountains and Daniel Biggs’ photography have created an awe-inspiring account of life in the northern Blue Mountains. Download the entire series at Secret Life TV. So relax on…

Lessons from Home | Tri-State Steelheaders

Events aren’t quite back to normal, and we appreciate local organizations making the most out of a difficult situation. The Tri-State Steelheaders is offering Lessons from Home. Get ideas for a scavenger hunt, water cycle experiments, and more. Hopefully, they will be back in classrooms soon, but until then we appreciate the help keeping our kids engaged with the natural world. The Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon Enchancement Group was established in 1965. Its mission is to…

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!