Top 5 Unique Cle Elum Activities & Places | Cle Elum, WA

Experience a few of the unique activities and places that make Cle Elum so special! Take advantage of the town's unique lodging, attractions, restaurants and more during your stay for the complete Cle Elum experience! See all there is to do in Cle Elum at

South Cle Elum Rail Yard

Northern Pacific locomotive loading coal in Cle Elum, 1910. Photo courtesy of Dr. James E. Brooks Library, Archives and Special Collections, Frederick Krueger Collection, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.

The historic South Cle Elum Rail Yard offers visitors a unique glimpse into the golden days of train travel. When the Milwaukee Road built its Pacific Coast Extension from the Midwest to the Puget Sound, it established this rail yard in South Cle Elum as a place where crews changed and locomotives could be added or removed from the trains. The yard now consists of the depot, electric substation and a half-mile interpretive trail that explains the history of the location. The depot contains historical exhibits and a working telegraph display, while the interpretive trail winds through the foundations of the former rail yard. The rail yard and the remaining structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic District, with the most complete collection of any rail yard on the Pacific Coast Extension. The area presents an excellent opportunity for learning about the story of the Milwaukee Road's route to Puget Sound, the effect it had on communities along the way, and the role it had in the overall history of railroads. Learn about the first train to reach Cle Elum at for more information on the history of train travel in Cle Elum, and then visit the rail yard for the full experience!

Glondo's Sausage Company & Italian Market

Photo courtesy of Glondo's Sausage Company

Established in 1986, Glondo's Sausage Company is a family owned and operated market that specializes in hand-crafted old world artesian meats. Using recipes brought from Italy and Croatia, they offer a selection of small-batch sausages, fresh meats, bacon and traditional cured and smoked delicacies. In the market you will also find imported cheeses, fine wines, select olive oils, pastas and more. Stop in to shop the market--the pepperoni and smoked beef jerky make for tasty and convenient travel snacks! Or, swing by just to see what this authentic Italian market is like!

Taneum Creek Brewing

Photo courtesy of Taneum Creek Brewing

A local-favorite nano-brewery, Taneum Creek Brewing is a relaxing place to spend time after a long day out and about in Cle Elum. They mainly produce American style ales but are constantly mixing it up during the brewing process to feature unique, bold flavors, and are regularly changing what's featured on tap. Stop by their laid-back taproom to check out what they've been up to recently and relax with a pint of one of their fantastic beers!

Carpenter Family Historic Home & Art Gallery

You don't need to be a history buff to really delve into Cle Elum's rich history -- it's alive around you! Visit the Carpenter House, a 1914 mansion with its original furnishings, to see what life in the late 1800s to early 1900s was like. This was home for three generations of the Carpenter family, including Frank Carpenter, who founded the Cle Elum State Bank in 1907 and served as its president until his death in 1959. His daughter, Margaret, then inherited the house and bank, becoming one of the first female presidents in Washington State. Learn more about the Carpenter family and the history of Cle Elum when you visit this historical site!

Guided Horseback Trail Rides

Photo courtesy of Dragonwood Equine Facility

Return to nature with a guided horseback trail ride through the Washington Cascades in Cle Elum! This is a relaxing and rewarding experience, perfect for city dwellers looking for an escape or families with adventurous kiddos. A truly unique Washington adventure, a horseback ride through Cle Elum backcountry offers new perspective and a greater appreciation for the outdoors. Several guides offer trail rides through Cle Elum, including Three Peaks Outfitters (open March through October, weather permitting), Dragonwood Equine Facility (open spring and fall seasons), and High Country Outfitters (open May through October). Although these guides are highly dependent on weather, you can always call ahead to ask about current offerings or consider this can't miss Cle Elum activity for your next weekend getaway!

March 12th, 2019

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