Located at the base of the Blue Mountains and with several waterways nearby, Dayton provides a rich variety of recreational opportunities, ranging from hiking, biking, skiing, and boating to fishing, camping, golfing, hunting, and swimming.

Listed below are some of the more popular recreational destinations in the Dayton area. For more information contact the Chamber office at 509-382-4825.

Ski Bluewood

Ski Bluewood is located 20 miles south of Dayton. Ideally situated in the Blue Mountains, Bluewood is one of the state’s best kept secrets with its second highest base elevation in Washington State and its renowned clear skies and dry powder, while receiving an average snowfall of more the 300 inches annually. Bluewood offers a ski and snowboard area where you can enjoy short lift lines, uncrowded slopes, unlimited powder, some of the best tree skiing/riding in the northwest, and a wide variety of terrain.

Snake River & Lyon’s Ferry

Located at the confluence of the Palouse and Snake Rivers (just 30 minutes from Dayton), Lyon’s Ferry served as a home for Native American tribes and as a Ferry crossing from the mid 1800′s until the 1960′s. Today, this area is an outdoor lover’s dream with nearby 200′ Palouse Falls, boats and kayaks available, picnicking along the river, hiking the bluffs, fishing for Walleye, Bass, Catfish, Steelhead and Salmon or just relaxing  in your RV or tent while overlooking the marina and watching the sunset. Visit Lyon’s Ferry KOA for more information.

Umatilla National Forest

The Umatilla National Forest is rich in history, culture, and tradition. Located in the neighboring Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, Umatilla  National Forest covers 1.4 million acres of diverse landscapes and plant communities. The Forest consists of v-shaped valleys separated by narrow ridges or plateaus, but also includes heavily timbered slopes, grassland ridges and bold basalt outcroppings. The elevation ranges from 1,600 to 8,000 feet above sea level.

Touchet Valley Golf Course

The Touchet Valley Golf Course in Dayton is a community nine-hole course that offers plenty of  challenges with two par 5 holes, sand, water, and the fairly unusual race track hazard.   The course features 2,931 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36.  The course rating is 35.5 and it has a slope rating of 122.   The fairways are open but tree lined, and the small greens are flat.   Greens Fees: Weekdays $9 for 9 holes, $12 for 18 holes. Tee times are accepted on weekends, only. Weekdays it is first come, first served.  (509-382-4851).


Umatilla National Forest and Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness area are nearby. Drive 16 short miles and you’ve already reached 4,000 feet with access to multiple trailheads. The trails give you access to spectacular views and the opportunity to see an abundance of native plants and wildlife. Many trails lead to secluded campsite. For more detailed information, you can visit the Pomeroy Ranger Station at 71 West Main in Pomeroy, WA. Maps and brochures can also be download and purchased online