Campers Can Watch Cowboys at Work
People staying at Ellensburg’s Yakima River RV Park near Ellensburg in central Washington can watch real cowboys round up cattle on horseback, hear the flowing waters of the Yakima River and smell the fresh air, and all while they are only four miles out of town.
As one drives down the park’s gravel road, the hustle and bustle of city life fades, The Daily Record, Ellensburg, reported.
The RV park offers tent and RV camping. There are full hookups for RVs in half the park and the other half has power and water.
The park is unique because it’s next to a working ranch.
Visitors can watch large bulls, horses and other rodeo stock graze in the adjacent fields of the ranch. The park also offers horse boarding. Horse riding is available at the ranch and at the nearby John Wayne Trail.
Darlene Grant, owner of the Yakima River RV Park, is about to celebrate the park’s 15th anniversary.
She said it is always exciting to watch the cowboys at the ranch round up their animals on horseback and that the animals at the ranch, as well as deer that travel down the gravel road at dusk, are a draw for people.
She even has a pet goat she lets children in the park pet.
Rafting down the Yakima River, sightseeing in historical downtown Ellensburg, flying kites in the fields and hiking local trails are among many other activities one can do while staying at this RV park.
“Some people come for a weekend and they float (the Yakima River) three days in a row. They get their sun,” she said.
Just a 1/4 mile away from an area where people looking to float and fish can launch their rafts or boats.
Grant suggests the floaters do the five-hour float that ends just before Rosa Dam.
Grant recently had a new clubhouse built on the property.
The clubhouse has a wooden dance floor and can be rented for graduation parties, potlucks, for large parties at the RV park and for weddings.
“It’s a little rustic. We have an entire wall covered in antiques from (my late husband’s and mine) old farm,” she said. “We farmed draft horses.”
There is a large grassy outdoor area and lots of parking available. The building is wheelchair accessible.
Grant said the beginning of the summer was slow, but that the last four weeks have really started to pick up.
The Yakima River RV Park is located off Canyon Road at 791 Ringer Loop.
Go to www.YakimaRV.com for more details.