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Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway

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  Washington State Scenic Byway

  • 18 Miles
  • Between Yakima and Ellensburg
  • On State Route 821

About This Byway

This route follows the Yakima River, dividing the hills of sage covered desert between Yakima and Ellensburg. The basalt cliffs, some rising more than 2,000 feet, reveal a story of cataclysmic geologic events. The canyon is known for its year-round sport fishing and as a blue ribbon catch-and-release trout stream. The crevices and cliffs make a perfect home for the densest concentration of nesting hawks, eagles, and falcons in the state.

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Towns on the Byway

  • Ellensburg
  • Umtanum
  • Wymer
  • Roza
  • Selah
  • Yakima