Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA


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Map of Cowiche Canyon 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 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 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Community Walks

Full Moon Hike
Sunday, December 3, 4:30 pm
Snow Mountain Ranch

Tracks in the Snow
Saturday, January 6, 10:00 am
Snow Mountain Ranch

The Voyage of the Monarch
Call to Artists

Entries due Thursday, November 30

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The Voyage of the Monarch is a collaboration between
Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Morelia Sister City Assocation and friends, celebrating the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly. We are seeking images representative of the Monarch butterfly and its voyage for a three-month art exhibit.

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 you can relieve stress, find peace and quiet, and connect with the world around you!

Join or renew today.

Trailhead Security

Cars at trailheads are ripe targets for prowlers.  Please help us reduce crime at our trailheads by leaving valuables behind.  Report break-ins to the Sheriff's office (509-574-2500 or 800-572-0490), and call 911 if you witness suspicious activities. 

CCC is working with local law enforcement and neighbors to address safety issues in our parking lots.



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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