Everything You Need to Know About the Yakima River Canyon

Yakima Valley boasts 600,000 acres of stunning topography. From rolling vineyards to flowing rivers, there are stunning sights everywhere you look. One of our favorite places to appreciate Washington State’s natural beauty is the Yakima River CanyonSightseers can enjoy the canyon’s views via a scenic drive from Yakima to Ellensburg, or a float trip down the Yakima River. Learn more about what you can expect from each option below!  

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How You Can Explore the Yakima River Canyon  

Drive the Yakima Canyon Loop 

Pack the car with snacks and head out on the Yakima Canyon Loop! This 72-mile route is one of our favorite scenic road trips in Washington StateThe route begins in Yakima and runs into the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway. The byway is a popular 25-mile stretch that winds between the canyon walls. Enjoy sights of the sparkling river and wildlife! It’s the perfect way to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, as the trip takes 1.5 hours on average.  

Take a Float Trip Along the Yakima River 

Gaze up with wonder at the 2,000-feet tall canyon walls when you embark on a float trip! There are a couple of tour companies that take guests on guided float trips along the Yakima River, which flows south to east before emptying into the Columbia River. We recommend Alpine Adventures for a scenic float trip along the Yakima River! Tours are available seasonally from June to September and last about four hours.  

The River Flows Back to Birchfield Manor  

View of king-size bed in the Sunrise Room at Birchfield Manor.

Love the scenery of the Yakima River Canyon? More beautiful views await at Birchfield Manor! Our Yakima, WA, bed and breakfast sits on three acres of lush greenery. It’s truly an oasis in the middle of the desert. Our property includes a small vineyard, pond, and manicured gardens. It’s the perfect destination for a peaceful getaway!  

Our well-appointed accommodations boast a peaceful atmosphere and all the comforts of home. Consider a stay in the Sunrise Room. This room is located at the Inn, just steps away from the Maine House, for optimal privacy. Enjoy a king-size bed, private bathroom, furnished deck, and serene views of the on-site pond and valley in the distance.  

During your stay, take advantage of our premier amenities like daily breakfast, a swimming pool, and more. Don’t forget to make a reservation at our 5-star on-site restaurant! 

Check our availability to start planning your trip to Yakima Valley!