Visiting the Tieton River Canyon
Twenty miles west of the city of Yakima, the Tieton River Canyon extends from the forested flanks of the East Cascades to the arid, sage-dotted hills of the Columbia Basin. It's a unique place, where basalt cliffs meet oak trees, elk mingle with bighorn sheep, and rattlesnakes slither between flowers while golden eagles soar above the pines. The Conservancy led the conservation of thousands of acres here, and now works collaboratively to influence management and restoration on millions.
As with many other parts of the central Cascades, the land around the Tieton River Canyon was owned in a checkerboard pattern, a legacy from the 19th century when Congress gave alternating square miles to railroad companies. The resulting fragmented landscape has been a bane to both timber companies and conservationists. But it also gave the Conservancy and its partners the opportunity to weave the Tieton back together, connecting more than 20,000 acres into a contiguous landscape of protected habitat.
Tieton River Canyon location map
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The Tieton area is stunning in all seasons. Visitors delight in its diversity, marvel at its geology and are inspired by its vistas.
Click here for a detailed Tieton River Canyon visitors guide(pdf, 459 kb).
The state’s Oak Creek Wildlife Area is a neighbor and partner, and is a great resource for wildlife enthusiasts.