With over 475 different species, Washington State is one of the finest bird-watching destinations in the U.S. The Methow Valley near Winthrop, home of Sun Mountain Lodge, is one of the best locations in Washington.
Throughout the season, join our in-house Ornithologist Dave Rudholm for a trip to the Beaver Ponds or to the Methow River where you will look for eagles, a variety of ducks and an assortment of land birds.
From the age of 13, Dave has been a dedicated birder. Dave has traveled the world (7 continents ) studying & watching birds. He earned a B.A. in Zoology at Humboldt State University in California. As an Ornithologist, Dave spent 8 years studying birds in Arctic Alaska. In addition, Dave spent 2 field seasons near central WA. State, in the Teanaway Valley, doing ornithological fieldwork. A resident of the Methow Valley since 1982, Dave has become very familiar with the birds occurring locally.
The Beaver Pond at Sun Mountain Lodge is featured on the Audubon Society”s map, “The Great Washington State Birding Trail, Cascade Loop”.
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According to The American Birding Association, Hal Opperman’s guide, this is “a prime birding spot with open water, marsh, riparian vegetation, and coniferous forest.”
Some of the local species include Barrow’s Goldeneye, Blue Grouse, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, and Western Tanager.
Every Christmas, the Audubon Society sponsors a Bird Count in the Methow Valley. It began in 1900 and is the longest continuously running biological census in the world.
Winthrop, Washington’s page has a lot of great information on birding in the Methow Valley.
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In addition to birds, 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 river bottoms throughout the year.
Dear valued guests,
Sun Mountain Lodge has been monitoring the evolving response and guidance from local and national officials regarding the Covid-19 situation.
The Sun Mountain Lodge Dining Room, Activities Shop and Gift Shop are all open. The Spa is open and offering massages and facials by advance reservations. We request that you observe social distancing guidelines and wear a mask upon entering. Per RCW 43.70.130, RCW 70.05.070, and WAC 246-100-036, every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting. Face coverings may be removed outdoors when you are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from non-household member.
The Patterson Lake Office is open, with rowboats, stand-up paddleboards, paddleboats and kayaks available to rent to our guests. It’s also great for fishing and swimming!
The Patterson Lake Cabins, main Lodge, Gardner and Mt. Robinson lodging buildings are all open.
The Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are required for all meals, dine-in and takeout. Due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, seating is limited. Takeout meals are still available. Ordering in advance is highly recommended.
At this time, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the swimming pools and hot tubs remain closed and the Cascade Game Room and Exercise Room remain closed. We are sorry that our Cowboy Dinners will not be offered this summer, but will be available again in the spring of 2021.
We will continue to monitor this situation and update this information when it becomes available.
Please contact our reservations department between 10am- 6pm at 800-572-0493 if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at Sun Mountain Lodge very soon.