The Spokane region’s four-season climate and sunny sky’s bring year-round recreation opportunities. From rock climbing and bike riding to river rafting and fishing, the Spokane area is truly the outdoor enthusiast’s playground. The Spokane River runs through the heart of downtown, and includes numerous hiking and biking trails like the Centennial Trail – a 37-mile trail stretching from West Spokane to North Idaho. The Centennial Trail is supported by trailheads parking facilities, power, water, picnic tables, restrooms, directories and river access. The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition is a great resource for finding trails in and around the Spokane region.
Did you know the region is home to 76 lakes within a 50-mile radius, four major rivers, 13 ski areas and 75 parks citywide? Whether it’s boating, fishing, white water rafting, kayaking or canoeing; outdoor opportunities are as accessible as they are plentiful.
There are over 75 parks including Riverside State Park, which spans 7,655 acres and 44,000 feet of Spokane River shoreline; Mt. Spokane State Park, which encompasses over 13,000 acres and is home to bobcats, coyotes, deer, moose, and black bear; and Manito Park, which is known for its 18th century-style gardens.
Finch Arboretum is a 65 acre piece of land with hundreds of trees, big and small, that create a stunning landscape. Garden Springs Creek runs through the arboretum, which also features several different walking paths for people to enjoy.
Winter sports are also accessible within an hour’s drive of downtown. Just 40 minutes from downtown Spokane, Mt. Spokane offers skiing and other winter related activities for both winter enthusiasts and families alike. You will find 1,000 skiable acres serviced by five lifts. Other favorite ski spots include 49 Degrees North, Lookout Pass, Silver Mountain, Bald Mountain, Cottonwood Butte, Snowhaven, Bluewood and Schweitzer Mountain.