Life in Central Washington

best of all worlds

Because where you live is at least as important as where you work.

Kittitas County

offers a diverse range of higher education, arts and culture, agrarian pursuits, and four distinct seasons of outdoor recreation.

Central Washington Visitor’s Guide

Enjoy activities year-round 

Explore Central Washington

Historic Downtown

Farmer’s market, shopping, events, restaurants, galleries and local wine/beer tasting rooms

Hiking, Trails & Climbing

Cascade Mountains and the Columbia Plateau

Hike Finder Map

Rodeo City History

Ellensburg Rodeo

America’s Top 10 Pro Rodeos

Home to CWU

Central Washington University is a public, four-year university.

  • Number of graduates each year: About 3,200
  • Total undergraduate and graduate enrollment (full-time equivalent): 10,327
  • More than 135 majors
  • Nationally and/or regionally distinguished programs in music, geology, business, physics, education, and STEM
  • NEW Health Sciences Building
  • Competes in NCAA Division II 
  • Students of color: 42%
  • First-year student retention: 71%

Dick & Jane’s Spot

Landmark Ellensburg Folk Art

Kittitas County

Beautiful central Washington is located between the Columbia River and Snoqualmie Pass. We experience a definite spring, summer, winter, and fall; a typical year offers over 300 days of sunshine. Kittitas County is a rural area of Washington State with multiple towns, with Ellensburg being the largest. We have the perfect location for year-round outdoor activities, events, and local wineries/breweries with a short drive to the Greater Seattle area.

From Ellensburg

  • Seattle / 90 minutes
  • Yakima / 40 minutes
  • Leavenworth / 60 minutes
  • Wenatchee / 90 minutes
  • Spokane / 150 minutes
  • Chelan / 120 minutes

Explore what Ellensburg has to offer!

upper kittitas county

Cle Elum, Roslyn, South Cle Elum, Ronald, Easton & Snoqualmie Pass

Surrounded by the Cascades, Upper Kittitas County offers many outdoor adventures, experiences and neighborhoods.

Tom Penoyar, MD

KVH General Surgery

Convinced the eastern slopes of the Cascades offer the best opportunities for recreation, “my approach was that if we could find an appealing opportunity in the region we’d take it,” he says. And they did.

Rhonda Holden, MSN, RN

Chief Ancillary Officer

“My heart is in central Washington,” she says with a smile. “I love the lifestyle. It just feels like home.”

Just a short drive…

NORTH / To the north is more beautiful mountains, vacation destinations and a unlimited number of stunning views.

North Central WA
South Central WA

SOUTH / Our neighbors to the south are known for wine, hops, orchards and outdoor adventures. Take a day trip to explore YakimaTri-Cities and Walla Walla.

EAST / Across the Columbia River offers a variety of outdoor activities, historic landscapes, agriculture and variety of wildlife.

Eastern WA

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