With its varied terrain and diverse trail system, the Methow Valley is one of the most popular places in the country for horseback riding. Trail rides are offered daily from late April though mid-October. Our signature Cowboy Dinner offers an exceptional treat for the whole family. Ride by horseback or in a horse-drawn covered wagon out to the old Hough Homestead for an authentic western barbeque.
Offered mid-May through mid-October on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights, with additional Monday night dinners offered during July and August. The Sun Mountain wranglers also offer a Cowboy Breakfast. Breakfast rides are available Sunday and Wednesday mornings beginning at 8:30 am in July and August, and on Sundays only throughout the other months.
The Methow Valley is home to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful and abundantly stocked fly fishing sanctuaries. Sun Mountain Lodge has expert in-house fishing guides offering casting lessons, fly tying lessons and full or half day private guided trips on the Methow River or the many surrounding lakes. Located below Sun Mountain Lodge, the Methow River flows from the Eastern Slopes of the majestic Cascade Mountains through the foothills of the Methow Valley, presenting gorgeous scenery and unrivaled fly fishing for Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead. Group rates and packages are available.
BOATING & RIVER RAFTING
There are a variety of boating options available throughout the Spring to Autumn seasons at Sun Mountain. One mile from the Lodge, at Patterson Lake, we offer Canoe, Kayak, Row Boat, Sail Boat & Paddle Boat Rentals along with Fishing Poles. Fun for the whole family. During the summer months exciting white water rafting can be experienced on the Methow River.
With over 250 miles of trails, the Methow Valley offers the Northwest’s most expansive network of single track and double track mountain biking. The Activities shop at Sun Mountain offers front suspension bikes by Giant for rent at two or four hour intervals, or by the day. No one knows these trails better than our staff, many of whom are avid mountain bikers. You can trust them to provide great trail riding suggestions for the whole family, along with maps to guide you along your way.
Whether you are looking for a short nature walk or a challenging day hike, Sun Mountain Lodge offers access to some of the most stunning hikes in the country. In fact, over 40 miles of trail depart directly from your door! On-property hikes include the mile-long Interpretive Loop Trail complete with signs detailing the geology, flora and fauna of the area, the 2.5 mile View Ridge/Sunnyside Loop with spectacular vistas of Mt. Gardner, Mt. Robinson, and the North Cascades, and the 2.5 mile Beaver Pond/Rodeo Loop with shaded walking and the occasional Beaver sighting. Further afield from the Lodge, the Highway 20 corridor offers an excellent selection of high country trails typically accessible from July-September.
NATURE WILDLIFE VIEWING
Sun Mountain Lodge and the Methow Valley is home to deer, bears, as well as wolves, coyotes, beavers, and more. These magnificent creatures roam our meadows and riverbottom throughout the year.
If you’re a bird watcher, you’ll enjoy sightings of hawks, eagles, grouse, a variety of waterfowl, and myriad other forest bird life. Early mornings and evenings are the best times for both wildlife viewing and birding, so talk to our guides about a pre-breakfast or after-dinner “safari” outing. Whether you’re walking softly in search of wildlife or just happen upon some, it is always an exceptional experience.
GOLF & TENNIS
Golf: North Central Washington is a great place for golf, and Sun Mountain Lodge is close to all the action. Four great courses to choose from: Bear Creek Golf Course in Winthrop, Alta Lake Golf Course in nearby Pateros, Bear Mountain Golf Course overlooking Lake Chelan and Desert Canyon–Washington’s #1-rated public golf course—on the outskirts of Wenatchee near Orondo.
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Tennis: Polish up your tennis game on one of our three tennis courts. For your convenience, both racquets and balls are available for rent in our Activities Shop.
POOLSIDE LOUNGING & HOT TUBBING
Experience the serenity of lounging poolside with a good book or your favorite beverage, or enjoy a soothing respite in one of our two hot tubs. The Sun Mountain pools are nestled into a bluff facing spectacular views of wilderness peaks and valleys of the North Cascades.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
Experience the peaceful thrill of lighter-than-air flight with mountain flying balloon experts Kurt and Melinda Oakley of Morning Glory Balloon tours. Gently drift with the wind while taking in low level views over tree tops followed by panoramic views as you soar to higher elevations. Hot drinks are served as the crew prepares the balloon for each flight, followed by a post-flight gourmet picnic celebrating the trek and new found friends.
ROCK CLIMBING & MOUNTAINEERING
Clean rock, classic routes and scenic summits define climbing in the Methow Valley. North Cascades Mountain Guides provide beginners with safe, experienced leadership while Mountaineers with glacier travel expertise have endless opportunities to pour over routes and explore on their own.