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Yakima is known for its rich landscape and fertile grounds. The Yakima Valley is home to a range of crops and is the leading producer of fruits, vegetables, and grains in the state of Washington. Yakima is one of the biggest suppliers of both apples and hops in the world. Brewers from across the country visit this area to source the perfect ingredients for their beer.

Yakima camping is one of the best ways to explore the area. With stunning views of the valley from mountain trails and a river to kayak or canoe, there is plenty of nature to enjoy. Yakima has a warm climate and rich soils, making it ideal for vineyards and winemaking. Once you’ve taken in the scenery, visit the Rattlesnake Hills for some of the state’s finest wines.

7 Great Yakima Camping Spots

 

Ginkgo Petrified Forest

Image from The Dyrt camper Chantal S.

The Ginkgo Petrified Forest campground in Wanapum State Park is the perfect base for setting out each day to see the area’s most spectacular views. With many accessible hiking trails, you can find breathtaking riverscapes and photo ops for the Sentinel Gap and Ice-Age flood-carved basalt land.

The campground has all the amenities you need, including electricity and water. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to take a walk through the forest, one of the most diverse petrified forests in North America.

“This is a terrific spot not far off the freeway….but far enough that it is very quiet and peaceful. Spring is amazing as the desert flowers are blooming.” – Jeff K.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-50
  • Number of sites: 50
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes (check for burn ban)
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Ellensburg KOA

Ellensburg KOA is an award-winning Yakima camping spot that contributes significantly to the area. The camp hosts many events and runs some exciting recreational activities, such as fishing, kiddie swimming pools, cornhole games, and vineyard tours.

As a perfect family getaway option, Ellensburg KOA has excellent amenities, including ADA access, showers, and pull-through zones for your RV. The site is located near the Gorge Amphitheatre and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

“This site lies on the banks of the Yakima River. My dad was able to go fly fishing, and my littles were able to search for rocks and fish in the shallow areas.” – Mary C.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $23-60
  • Number of sites: 138
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Yakima Sportsman State Park

Image from The Dyrt camper Maureen F.

The Yakima Sportsman State Park is uniquely situated in the urban center of the city of Yakima. Developed in the early 1940s by the Yakima Sportsman’s Association, the park features acres of luscious green grass, making it a great place to relax or toss a ball around, hike, or ride horses. The nearby wetlands and Yakima River are excellent for fishing and even have child-friendly fishing ponds.

“This place is pretty cool. It’s close to Yakima and great for a place to visit while you’re in ‘The Palm Springs of Washington.’” – C M.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-50
  • Number of sites: 67
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes (check for burn ban)
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Wine Country RV Park

Yakima draws in much of its tourism through its vineyards and quality wine. Wine Country RV Park is an excellent option for those who want to try the region’s most famous wines while getting a taste of Yakima camping.

Enjoy the sunny sites of the Yakima Valley and indulge in the beautiful white and red wines from some of the 120 local wineries. The RV park has everything you need, from a basketball court to a grocery store.

“A nice find for both passing through or staying a while longer if you’re into wines!” – Kristin S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $29-155
  • Number of sites: 126
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

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Sand Hollow Campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Nicole C.

One of the most incredible things about the Sand Hollow Campground is its proximity to Sandy Beach shoreline. Although the waters aren’t always safe to swim in, it is a beautiful place to walk year-round.

The campground has a mixture of primitive and semi-primitive campsites, but many amenities are available including ADA access, electricity hookups, and phone service. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table, ensuring you can enjoy a peaceful meal in nature. The campground is located just over an hour outside of the city of Yakima.

“The stars and moon gazing are excellent!” – Laura H.

Campground Details:

  • Price: For pricing information, contact the campground directly
  • Number of sites: 40
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Cedar Springs Campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Sara S.

Cedar Springs Campground is an ideal spot for budget Yakima camping. You won’t find better value in a site. The amenities are modest but satisfactory, with toilets and running water available. The campground is situated on the Bumping River in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. When staying here, you must take the Boulder Cave National Recreation Trail to explore the caves and rivers and learn about the local wildlife.

“The campground is super close to Boulder Caves and Bumping Lake; there are also a number of hikes nearby. Two thumbs up from this girl!” – Natalie B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-16
  • Number of sites: 14
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

Indian Creek Campground

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Indian Creek Campground offers a little bit of everything to campers. The campground itself is excellent and boasts all necessary amenities, including electricity. Some of the campsites overlook the picturesque Rimrock Lake. The waterways provide ideal conditions for fishing, skiing, and rafting, while the forests are full of hiking trails. Keep an eye out for rare wildlife, including bald eagles and grizzly bears.

“Most sites were large and provided plenty of privacy. There are multiple access areas to the lake and several trails along the lake. I would highly recommend this campground if you are in the area.” – Ashley B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $10-20
  • Number of sites: 38
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

From elevated lake exploration to studying tree species in the Gingko Petrified Forest, Yakima camping is very diverse. This area has something to offer whether you want an action-packed fishing trip or a more relaxed wine tasting tour in the sunny valleys. Before you make plans for your next trip, visit The Dyrt’s full list of the best camping spots in Yakima.

 

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