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
Trail Condition Update
As of 3/24, most Snow Mountain Ranch and Cowiche Canyon trails are open. The Cowiche Mountain West Trail at Snow Mountain Ranch is still inaccessible due to flowing water on the trail. Please stay off the muddy trails to avoid doing damage.
Saturday, 3/25, 10 am at Snow Mountain Ranch
First Peek at Spring Flowers
Saturday, 4/1, 10 am at Snow Mountain Ranch
Birds of Snow Mountain Ranch with
YVC Professor Jerred Seveyka
Sunday, 4/30 - 2 pm Cowiche Canyon Rocks
Garden Party and Auction at the
Yakima Area Arboretum
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.
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.
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.