Whether you want to camp, rent a cozy cabin, or settle into a lodge for a family reunion, the Methow Valley is a family friendly destination for natural beauty, recreation and exploration.
|MVSTA summer trails are easy to access for family outings, and Forest Service and National Park trails offer some of the most scenic vistas in the country.|
Families with young children can enjoy a short walk or bike ride along the Methow Community trail near Mazama, ending at the Methow River, Tawlks-Foster suspension bridge and picnic shelter (1.5km). In August, look for spawning salmon in the side-channel at the far end of the bridge.
Another popular, family-friendly outing is the Big Valley Trail. The whole trail is flat, passing through pine forests, ancient aspen stands and open fields. Within 1 kilometer, the trail meets the Methow River, and continues on for up to an 8km loop. Look for natural history interpretive signs along the way.
Got a family with varied abilities? Beaver Pond Loop up at the Sun Mountain trails is another short, flat easy-to-access trail, and offers nearby rolling trail options for more advanced playing.
When the family is ready for a change of pace, seek out a cool swim in a nearby lake (Pearrygin, Patterson), river (Methow, Twisp, Chewuch) or the Twisp Community Pool. Parks with playgrounds can be found in Winthrop, Twisp and Mazama, and don’t miss out on a cool ice cream cone or smoothie in town.
For information on horseback riding, hot air balloon tours, fishing and yoga classes, check out these recreation links.