Early winter at Eden Valley Guest RanchWinter fun includes numerous activities both non-motorized and motorized in many different locations. We have many miles of groomed and non groomed trails.  The Eden Valley Guest Ranch trail system, play fields and other facilities are open in winter.  Other major activities include winter birding, ice fishing, Pinochle,  and snow art.

Our main public roads are well maintained and we have thousands of acres of public lands in the Okanogan Highlands.

Winter Trails

Miles of groomed and non groomed trails are available in the Okanogan Highlands.  Eden Valley Guest Ranch and the bordering US Forest Service have miles winter trails.  On the ranch in addition to trails, there are also fields for many snow sports.  Call us at the main reservation number 509-485-4002 to ask us about the winter sport you are interesting in.

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Snowshoeing is very popular with many choices now for equipment, making it easier than ever before.  Snowshoers at Eden Valley Guest Ranch have perhaps the most freedom of all our winter guests.

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Sitzmark Skiing & Boarding

Ski or Board at Sitzmark. Snow report: 509-485-3323 on the Hill Sitzmark Shop. 
Downhill (alpine) Skiing and Boarding are just a few minutes away.  Sitzmark Ski Area a few miles east, offers boarding and skiing, plus has a rental shop and lodge with meals.  Sitzmark Shop's other number is 509-486-2700. 

Sitzmark rents equipment for downhill and cross country skiers, boarders, and snowshoers. 

Kitchen open to the public for lunch!  Thats right, you do not need to ski to just come and enjoy a meal or dessert and of course the view!

Check out the Sitzmark Web Cam.

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Snow Tubing

Guests are welcome to bring snow toys.  Safe and fun tubing hills need to have proper topography to protect riders from hiting obstacles like trees, fences or rocks.  Eden Valley is blessed with the best.  This hill is open with a dell also known as a hollow to contain downward movement and riders land in the center of an open hay field.

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Cross Country Skiing

Eden Valley Guest Ranch has its own trail system, which is open year round for guests (and welcomes dogs).  Our trail system includes miles of non-groomed trails, acres and acres of open land fields and wooded areas.  In winter, we run the major trails with a snowmobile for dogs and beginner snowshoe and skier enthusiasts. Some guests ski in those tracks, however, skiers may ski most anywhere at our ranch.

Groomed premium Cross Country Ski trails are just a few minutes away at the Highlands Sno-Park. A Discover Pass for parking is required.  No dogs are allowed at that premier trail system.

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Winter Birding

We are pleased to report that the owl and hawk population have continued to improve this year.  We were very excited to find a white baby owl fledged in early July.  It appeared to belong to a parent great horned owl, but was white!  Upon conference with one of Washington States noted birders, it was suggested this bird had leucism.  We all enjoyed seeing the white owl over the next few months.

Winter birding is popular in the Okanogan Highlands.  Winter hosts a variety of owls, hawks, Bohemian Waxwings, young and mature Eagles, grouse, partridges, snow buntings, pine grosbeaks, Northern Goshawk, Common and Hoary Red-polls, and wood peckers.  There are also magpies and ravens.  The local rodent and squirrel populations continue to be high and although bobcats and coyotes hunt vigorously, the few local predator birds have been doing well too.  Some visiting biologists were concerned in 2015 that avian flu had impacted wild bird numbers.

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The closest trail-head to Eden Valley Guest Ranch is called Highland Sno-Park about six miles south.  So, staying at Eden Valley Guest Ranch in comfort with a nice fire in the evenings really can enhance a snowmobiling trip!  Each cabin has a full size tub and or shower unit in the bathroom, which is important to many ladies.  There are 52 miles in the groomed Bonaparte Trail System of the US Forest Service Tonasket Ranger District.  The Bonaparte Trails can be accessed near Eden Valley Guest Ranch at the Highland Snopark or Bonaparte Snopark.  Plus, Eden Valley Guest Ranch borders the US Forest Service Mt. Hull Section of the Tonasket Ranger District.  There are some non-groomed trails there.  The large fields near by make a safer place to play or for training those learning to ride.  It is easier to dig out the beginners if they get stuck in a big field instead of a narrow trail.

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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing has been enjoyed in the Okanogan Highlands for generations and is still popular today.  The Highlands experience a colder winter than in the Okanogan valley and as such ice thickness is usually fine in January and February.  Check the Washington State Fishing regulations for the lake you are interested in fishing.  The Okanogan Highlands range in elevation from 3000 to 4000 feet elevation or more.

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Pinochle at Molson Grange Hall

$1.00 ~ Mondays at Molson Grange Hall at 7:00 pm.

Winter history in the Okanogan Highlands includes Pinochle every Monday evening in winter at the Molson Grange Hall. This has been a winter activity for about 70 years and is still very popular.  You do not need reservations -- just show up before 7:00 p.m.

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