Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA


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Map of Cowiche Canyon Trails

Map of Snow Mtn Ranch Trails

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Protecting our shrub-steppe and
connecting people to this vanishing landscape

Welcome to Cowiche Canyon Conservancy—escape to tree-shrouded streams, sage-dotted slopes, dramatic cliffs and abundant wildlife.   We are a land trust originally founded in 1985 to preserve Cowiche Canyon, a treasure trove of the natural world in south Central Washington.  Located just west of Yakima, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy owns and manages 5,000 acres and offers close to 30 miles of trails through sage and grasslands, flowering meadows, oak woodlands, and basalt cliffs.  Cowiche Creek flows through our ownerships, replete with salmon, beavers, crayfish, great blue herons, and myriad other wildlife drawn to water in our arid lands.


Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s work is to:

  • Conserve the natural lands of our area
  • Manage, improve and expand a high quality recreation experience through a non-motorized trail network
  • Offer educational opportunities through guided hikes, lectures, and field-based learning
  • Participate in the well-being of our community

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Protect & Enjoy

Cowiche Canyon Columns
Summer 2016 Newsletter

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Support the Work of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy

When you support Cowiche Canyon Conservancy with your annual membership, you are supporting the preservation of wide open spaces and trails where we all can share the beauty of nature with friends and family. You are supporting a place where we can relieve stress, find peace and quiet, and connect with the world around us!

Join or renew today.

Upcoming Community Hikes

Saturday, 12/17 - 10 am Meditation Hike at
Cowiche Canyon Weikel Entrance

Saturday,1/21 - 10 am Tracks in the Snow at
Snow Mountain Ranch


Protect this Last Piece!

YOU DID IT! You protected the last piece. Thanks to your generous support, CCC has successfully completed the Capital Campaign to purchase 200 acres of privately owned land within
Snow Mountain Ranch.


Trailhead Security

There was a recent incident at one of the Cowiche Canyon trailhead parking lots.  A car was broken into through a smashed window. There was a garage door opener and car registration stolen out of the vehicle and the back tire was flattened.  The perpetrator then attempted to break-in to the victim’s home and was interrupted by a watchful neighbor. 

Please do not leave your valuables, garage door openers or personal information, including car registration in your car and contact the Sheriff’s office at (509) 574-2500 if you see any suspicious activity in the parking lots or around trailheads. We are reaching out to local law enforcement and neighbors to address these safety issues.



Commercial Use Policy:  Commercial use of Cowiche Canyon properties is by permission only. Certain conditions will apply.

Photograph by David Hagen

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
P.O. Box 877
Yakima, Washington 98907
Tel. (509) 248-5065
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