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Snowshoeing

Bennington Lake

This is about as local as it gets for outdoor activities. Located on the east side of town near Walla Walla Community College, locals and visitors alike are treated to stunning views of the Blue Mountains kissed by rolling fields of wheat. This is a great place to get a little exercise, take the dog for a walk, or escape the city without really having to leave. With so many different activities available, there is…

Chamna Natural Preserve

Once used for grazing and farming, this 276 acre park located along the Yakima River offers plenty of space for multiple recreation opportunities. Walk, trial run, bike, bird watch, or ride horseback on over 11 miles of meandering trails through riparian and wetland habitat. As part of the 30 mile Tapteal Trail, use Chamna Natural Preserve as a start or end point to a longer adventure.

Fields Spring State Park

Nestled in southeast Washington, Fields Spring State Park is truly a hidden gem. In the summer, enjoy hiking and biking trails. Once the snow falls, snowshoe and cross country ski those same trails throughout the winter. The Puffer Butte Viewpoint overlooks Hells Canyon, the Wallowa Mountains, and the Grand Ronde River. While the journey to the park is definitely outside Walla Walla, it just might become your new favorite scenic drive.

Horseshoe Prairie Nordic Ski Area

The Horseshoe Prairie Nordic Ski Area was created in the 1980s as a non-groomed trail system. An array of routes keep winter enthusiasts coming back. If the variety doesn’t grab your attention, the scenery will. Just a short distance from Walla Walla, cross country skiers and snowshoers have plenty of room to play in the mountains. This area is experiencing a wonderful revival of winter recreation opportunity. The Blue Mountain Land Trust's Blues Crew has…

Middle Point Ridge Trail

Following the North Fork of the Touchet River and nestled between Chase Mountain and Middle Point Ridge, the Middle Point Trailhead is a mere 17 miles from Dayton, WA and 48 miles from Walla Walla. The views are fantastic. Many folks might use this road in the winter on the way to Ski Bluewood, but the views in spring, summer, and fall are equally as pleasing. As the crow flies, the trailhead is almost the…

Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA)

Situated just north of La Grande, Oregon, Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) is an outdoor enthusiast playground. Encompassing 3,670 acres with 45 miles of motorized trails and another 45 miles of non-motorized trails, the options are prolific and the fun endless. MERA is open all year, offering four season views of the Grande Ronde Valley below. Nowhere else in our region can you find ORV trails, a motocross track, camping, non-motorized trails, and a 100…

Rose Springs Sno-Park

If you thrive in winter and enjoy the challenges of fresh, deep powder, then Rose Springs Sno-Park is your new best friend. Starting at around 4,000 feet, outdoor enthusiasts are treated to plowed forest roads and breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy an easy day on the sled hill or put in some serious miles exploring the forest in the winter. It’s a totally different look at some your favorite, more remote spots to…

Tiger Creek Road

A local gateway into the Umatilla National Forest, Tiger Creek Road (sometimes referred to as Tiger Ridge Road or Tiger Canyon Road) is not maintained in the winter making it an excellent candidate for snow sports. When the snow is low on the mountains, this road is often just high enough to escape the fog.

Touchet Corral Sno-Park

Basically, a sno-park is a parking lot cleared of snow near groomed or backcountry trails. The Touchet Corral Sno-Park is just shy of Ski Bluewood and offers an alternative winter sport experience to downhill skiing. Cross country skiers can share the trail with the snowmobiles. Folks wanting to snowshoe have the option to choose a more primitive trail. Either option are great ways to enjoy winter in the forest.