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Ellensburg is a city and the county seat of Kittitas County. Ellensburg has a population of 17,304. The city is located east of the Cascade Mountain range and is home to Central Washington University. Ellensburg hosts a professional rodeo, the largest in Washington State, which is part of the Professional Rodeo Circuit Association. The Kittitas Valley surrounding Ellensburg is internationally known for the timothy-hay that is grown there. Several local hay brokering and processing businesses ship to Pacific Rim countries. Jazz in the Valley is a three day jazz festival celebrating jazz for the community and visitors. Paint Ellensburg is a unique experience as you watch artists paint, sculpture, or carve for 24 hours straight. The Ellensburg Manastash Metric Bicycle Tour is a 62 mile ride that travels through some of the most scenic cycling country where you can view mountain scenes, historic towns, autumn colors, and the Yakima River. The TRIOBA Adventure Race Series is a race that takes place in the Snoqualmie Pass area and challenges the participants' skills in kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, and navigation.

Surrounding areas: Cle Elum, Washington (22.7 mi), Roslyn, Washington (26.2 mi), Crescent Bar, Washington (34.9 mi), Desert Aire, Washington (37.0 mi)

Ellensburg Vacation Rentals

Ellensburg Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Lincoln Inn And Suites211 W Umptanum RdEllensburg, WA (509) 925-4244
Comfort Inn1722 Canyon RdEllensburg, WA (509) 925-7037
Days Inn E & J Resort901 Berry RdEllensburg, WA (509) 933-1500
Ellensburg Quality Inn1700 Canyon RdEllensburg, WA (509) 925-9800
Holiday Inn Express Ellensburg1620 Canyon RdEllensburg, WA (509) 962-9400
Nites Inn Motel1200 S RubyEllensburg, WA (509) 962-9600
Super 8 Motel1500 Cyn RdEllensburg, WA (509) 962-6888
Squaw Rock Resort15070 Hwy 410Naches, WA19.7 mi.(509) 658-2926
Stage Coach Inn107 W 1ST StCle Elum, WA23.0 mi.(509) 674-4735
Stewart Lodge805 W 1ST StCle Elum, WA23.6 mi.(509) 674-4548
Comfort Inn Of Yakima1700 N First StYakima, WA25.9 mi.(509) 248-5650
Best Western Peppertree Yakima Inn1614 N 1ST StYakima, WA26.0 mi.(509) 453-8898
Clarion Hotel & Conference Ctr1507 N First StYakima, WA26.0 mi.(509) 248-7850
Days Inn1504 N 1st StYakima, WA26.0 mi.(800) 248-3360
Comfort Suites Yakima3702 Fruitvale BlvdYakima, WA26.1 mi.(509) 249-1900
Motel 61104 N 1ST StYakima, WA26.4 mi.(509) 454-0080
Ramada Ltd818 N First StYakima, WA26.6 mi.(509) 453-0391
Cedars Suites1010 E A StYakima, WA27.1 mi.(509) 452-8101
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott137 N Fair AveYakima, WA27.1 mi.(509) 452-3100
Holiday Inn Express Yakima1001 E A StYakima, WA27.1 mi.(509) 249-1000
Howard Johnson Plaza9 N 9TH StYakima, WA27.2 mi.(509) 452-6511
Hilton Garden Inn Yakima401 E Yakima AveYakima, WA27.3 mi.(509) 454-1111
Best Western Ahtanum Inn2408 Rudkin RdYakima, WA29.7 mi.(509) 248-9700

Ellensburg Weather & Climate

Central Washington , in the heart of the Cascades, has a temperate climate of mild summers and snowy winters. An average winter snowfall ranges from 50 to 75 inches in lower elevations. Snowfall gradually increases to between 400 to 600 inches above 4,000 feet. Some high peaks above 7,000 feet remain snowcapped all year. Snowfall usually begins in the higher elevations in September, gradually working down to 3,000 feet by the last of October. Above 4,000 feet temperatures occasionally drop below freezing even in midsummer. The temperature decreases approximately 3 degrees with each 1,000 feet increase in elevation. Mild, humid, summer days, temps rarely rise above 79 degrees.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 33°F 18°F 1.23 in. -
February 41°F 23°F 0.92 in. -
March 52°F 28°F 0.77 in. -
April 60°F 34°F 0.56 in. -
May 68°F 41°F 0.56 in. -
June 75°F 48°F 0.63 in. -
July 82°F 52°F 0.37 in. -
August 82°F 52°F 0.36 in. -
September 74°F 43°F 0.46 in. -
October 61°F 33°F 0.57 in. -
November 44°F 27°F 1.20 in. -
December 33°F 19°F 1.47 in. -

Ellensburg Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Bowers Field (ELN) located about 2 miles north of Ellensburg, Yakima Air Terminal Mc Allister Field (YKM) located approximately 29 miles south of Ellensburg in Yakima, Washington, the Pangborn Memorial airport (EAT) located roughly 32 miles northeast of Ellensburg in Wenatchee, Washington, the Ephrata Municipal airport (EPH) located around 52 miles east of Ellensburg in Ephrata, Washington, and finally the Grant County International airport (MWH) located about 59 miles east of Ellensburg in Moses Lake, Washington.

Ellensburg Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA78.2 mi.
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA83.1 mi.
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA85.9 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA85.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Ellensburg Golf ClubEllensburgWA 
Sun Country Golf ResortCle ElumWA22.4 mi.
Apple Tree Golf CourseYakimaWA27.5 mi.
Fisher Park Golf CourseYakimaWA27.5 mi.
Suntides Golf CourseYakimaWA27.5 mi.
Westwood West Golf CourseYakimaWA27.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA31.5 mi.
State Parks
Olmstead Place State ParkWA4.1 mi. 
Squilchuck State ParkWA22.5 mi. 
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State ParkWA26.1 mi. 
Indian Painted Rocks State ParkWA26.1 mi. 
Yakima Sportsmen State ParkWA28.5 mi. 
Rock Island State ParkWA32.5 mi. 
Lake Easton State ParkWA35.0 mi. 
American Hop MuseumToppenishWA44.3 mi.(Technology)
Yakima Valley Rail and Steam MuseumToppenishWA44.3 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA81.6 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA90.9 mi.
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA93.6 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA93.6 mi.

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