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Tour hours are: April– December from 8:00 to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday and 10:00 a.m to 4 p.m, Saturday and Sunday; January – March 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information, visit www.libertyorchards.com
The Apple Capital Loop Trail is a scenic-waterfront 11-mile paved loop trail for pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, and others. This scenic trail can be entered or exited from Riverwalk Crossing Pedestrian Overpass, located in the heart of Downtown Wenatchee. There are plenty of free public parking lots at several locations on both sides of the river. The Apple Capital Loop Trail crosses the Columbia at the north and south ends of Wenatchee and is lighted until midnight on the West side.
Park hours are dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.
Nearly a mile of pathways and stairways hewn from native stone wind through this magnificent alpine oasis perched high on a bluff north of Wenatchee. Reflecting pools, waterfalls and even a wishing well bubble through what is recognized as one of the Northwest’s premier public gardens. A photographer’s paradise, a gardener’s delight, or simply a place to relax in lush surroundings, Ohme Gardens is a Northwest treasure. The gardens are open from April 15th to October 15th.
Welcome to one of Wenatchee’s most unique downtown destinations! Pybus is bursting with high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Washington wines and freshly-made, prepared foods. You’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the market.
The space also serves as an important community gathering point, along with supporting the over 150 family farms who will use the outdoor space as home for their local farmers market. Live local music “on the Rail Car” is featured Friday nights year round.
Rocky Reach Dam Museum and Visitor Center is located on the west side of Rocky Reach Dam. The center is easily accessible from Highway 97A and offers ample parking for visitors, including recreational vehicles and buses.
Those touring the facility will discover a museum, a cafe, balconies that offer panoramic views of the dam and grounds, the juvenile fish bypass system, the reservoir (Lake Entiat) and the Columbia River. A 90-seat theater shows movies throughout the day and upon request. Guided tours are available by appointment
Rocky Reach Dam is not only a primary source of valuable electricity for North Central Washington-it’s a great place to visit. Watch salmon and steelhead make their upstream migration through the windows in the fish ladder viewing room. Tour the museum exhibits or enjoy a picnic on the 30 acres of carefully manicured lawns and gardens.
Rocky Reach dam Visitor Hours
Museum Gallery – The Gallery’s changing exhibits explore art, history, sciences and rich diversity of North Central Washington.
Historic Mural: The Saga of Wenatchee
This is a WPA mural created in 1939 by Peggy Strong. This mural, original to the building, depicts the history of postal service in the region. It belongs to the people of the USA, and is catalogued by the Smithsonian
Art on the Avenues operates “To provide our communities with sustainable, innovative, and educational programs through the exhibition and sale of sculpture”. Currently featured are 85 sculptures throughout Wenatchee conveniently located to provide a walking tour opportunity for our community.
Art on the Avenues relies on community support. Tax-deductable donations can be mailed to Art on the Avenues PO Box 3325 Wenatchee, WA 98807. If you would like to contribute to their endowment, please contact the Community Foundation of North Central Washington by calling 509.663.7716. To purchase a sculpture please contact us by calling 509.662.0059
Step back into a time when the pioneers were just beginning to discover the wonders of the Wenatchee Valley. Browse the General Store, sift through the miner’s shack or step into the log-walled Mission Hotel. In all, 20 original pioneer buildings filled with authentic period furniture and all the tools of the day transport you back to the late 1800’s. The Museum itself is a treasure trove of historic artifacts and displays on the Native Americans and pioneer people who first inhabited this land. The Museum, located at 600 Cotlets Way in Cashmere, is open from March through December, but scheduled tours are welcome year-round.
Amazing what a Ponderosa Pine can tell you. The Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center (CBFIC) is a unique, interactive learning and research center built around two of North Central Washington’s famous fire lookout towers. The CBFIC is the first such center dedicated to the research and interpretation of wild land fire. An outdoor amphitheatre and a full-scale visitor center are among the future plans. You will find the center about one mile north of Entiat , WA , on the west side of US Hwy 97.
Once a pear orchard belonging to the Horan family at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, this 100-acre parcel has been converted into a manmade wetlands preserve. Eagles, Owls, Herons and Kingfishers make this bird-watchers’ paradise. Otters play in the waters visible from several of the 15 viewing stations dotting the two miles of gravel trail winding through cottonwoods and willows.
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Imagine a raging flood so powerful that towering waves studded with glacial icebergs toss giant boulders downstream like pebbles, and the landscape is irreversibly altered as eroded soil is carried more than 500 miles to the ocean.
It might sound like a scene from a Hollywood movie – but it’s real. And it happened in the Wenatchee Valley between 13,000 and 18,000 years ago, as water from glacial Lake Missoula raged across the landscape at 65 miles-per-hour when the ice dam blocking its path gave way to pressure, releasing the violent deluge.
Come explore with our experts. Guided bus tours take you to all the best sights. Each tour is unique. Register for all seven to get an overview of the area. Dates and More. $40-$45 per person. Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center 509.888.6240.
With the self-guided, drive-able Ice Age Floods Geological Trail* map, visitors can see and experience first-hand the remnants from the flood and how it shaped the Wenatchee Valley and central Washington landscape.
Ice Age Trail maps are available at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center 1 S. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-662-2116
Additional information about the Ice Age Floods is available at www.iceagefloodsinstitute.org
The Visitor Center is located at the west end of the forebay wall, on the Chelan County side of the Rocky Reach Hydro Project. The center is easily accessible from Highway 97A and offers ample parking for visitors, including recreational vehicles. Those touring the facility will discover an air-conditioned seasonal gift and food service area, restrooms, and balconies that offer panoramic views of the project, the reservoir (Lake Entiat), and the Columbia River. The Visitor Center’s small theater, with a seating capacity of 90, shows movies upon request. Guided tours are available during the summer months or by request. Close to 60,000 visitors annually enjoy the hydro project’s visitor facilities.
A highlight of any visit to the Rocky Reach Visitor Center is the opportunity for a closeup view of fish passing through the fishway. The fish viewing room, with five windows located on the west side of the fish ladder, allows visitors to watch salmon, steelhead, trout and other species continue their upstream migration to spawning areas. Salmon and steelhead are seasonal visitors. The best months of the year to see chinook salmon are May and August. Sockeye salmon are most visible during July, and it’s September for steelhead. “Look a salmon in the eye” in the fish viewing room, located downstairs in the Visitor Center at Rocky Reach Dam.
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Hours for the Visitor Center 9am-6pm and the Museum of the Columbia is open 9am-5:30pm
Chelan County Public Utility District welcomes you to one of the most exciting and innovative interpretive museums in the West, The Rocky Reach Museum of the Columbia located on the fourth floor of the Rocky Reach Dam powerhouse. It shows the West as it really was—settlers and Native Americans, steam boaters, lumbermen, railroaders in life-size photos. Stand inches away from a historical tramway reconstructed from original parts.
Its fun, it’s exciting, and you can make it last as long or short as your day allows.
Hours are 9am – 5:30pm
Apple Capital Loop Trail
The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail is a 10+-mile long, paved path that circles the Wenatchee Valley shoreline taking in the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers. The perfect place to walk or run!
For more detailed information on hiking opportunities in the Wenatchee Valley: www.wenatcheeoutdoors.org
Steam pours from the smokestack of this magical miniature railroad during holidays and special events every summer. Children and adults alike climb aboard to enjoy a ride around the rails in Riverfront Park . The depot is accessible from downtown Wenatchee by way of a short stroll over Riverwalk Crossing located at the Stanley Civic Center.
The Wells Hydroelectric Project operated by the Douglas County PUD has a unique hydrocombine design that incorporates the powerhouse, spillway, switch-yard and fish facilities into one unit instead of many separate structures. The hydrocombine structure is 1,165 feet in length and the dam is 4,460 feet long overall. The dam has ten generating units rated at a combined 840 megawatts. Eleven gated spillway openings have the ability to pass over 8,800,000 gallons of water per second.
The Wells Dam Hatchery is one of two hatcheries in the Columbia Basin dedicated to the enhancement of the important summer Chinook salmon stocks. Adult summer Chinook are collected for brood stock in July and August. They may be seen in the holding ponds at the Wells Hatchery during those months. Juvenile summer Chinook are released from the hatchery in April and June. Approximately 3 million juvenile salmon and steelhead are released annually into the Columbia River and tributaries above Wells Dam.
Wells Dam is located in North Central Washington between Seattle and Spokane at river mile 515.8 on the Columbia River. It can be reached by driving north from Wenatchee along Highway 97 up the Columbia River.
The foothills to the west of Wenatchee are a natural treasure, ideal for wildlife viewing and recreation. Chelan~Douglas Land Trust is leading a strong effort to make sure that visitors and local people can enjoy the Wenatchee Foothills far into the future. The focal point of this effort is the Wenatchee Foothills Trail, a path that would link Saddlerock, Castle Rock, and the Sage Hills Trails. Informal trails already exist in these areas, but we are working to develop a formal trail with convenient and attractive parking areas. In recent years, development has threatened or eliminated access to areas in the foothills that local people have enjoyed for decades. We are fortunate to have large areas of public land in the foothills and private landowners who are wiling to let people cross their land. It would be shortsighted to not maintain access to these areas for future generations.
A new Foothills Trail map is now available. Contact the Land Trust at (509) 667-9708 for a full size 11″ x 17″ map, or click here to download a smaller version of the Foothills Trail map.
The Wenatchee World pressroom tour will show you how your daily newspaper is created. From the giant rolls of blank paper that each page is printed on to the adding of the sales inserts you will see the complete process that encompasses the creation of your daily newspaper.