Sitting in the western foothills of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Riverbend RV Park puts guests within reach of a slew of fun activities in one of the most ruggedly beautiful regions of the U.S. The park’s location on the banks of the Methow River means that fishing, kayaking and swimming are just steps away. Venture further into the Methow Valley, and guests can go rock climbing and hiking in the mountainous terrain. Outfitters in the area can arrange horseback riding on trails that lead to spectacular views.
You’ll also find plenty of attractions for sightseeing and shopping. Buy some fresh, locally sourced food by visiting the Methow Valley Farmers Market, put on every Saturday. Grab a seat in a restaurant on the bank of the Methow River, or peruse one of the galleries in town. The local Merc Playhouse hosts music concerts, dance performances and guests speakers throughout the year. Learn about firefighting when visiting the Smoke Jumpers Base in Winthrop, Washington, just eight miles to the north. Take a tour of the base and learn about the firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat aggressive blazes. Exhibits and tours showcase the history of these highly skilled public servants.
After a busy day of sightseeing and fun, relax back at Riverbend RV Park, which keeps guests comfortable with 56 full-hookup sites powered by 30- and 50-amp electricity. The roomy sites allow plenty of room for slideouts and also include tables and fire pits. A campground store with RV supplies keeps guests stocked up and ready for the next adventure. Riverbend also has propane, laundry facilities and a dump station. Dog owners can let their pets burn off energy on the 1/2-acre dog park.
During your stay, check out some of the local attractions:
Biking and Hiking
RV travelers are advised to bring their bikes on their trip because hundreds of miles of biking trails snake through the hills and mountains. Biking destinations here include the Sun Mountain Trails, a system of paths with wooded sections and access to Patterson Lake. Advanced riders can tackle Angel’s Staircase, a loop trail that reaches altitudes of 8,000 feet. New trails are being added frequently.
If you prefer to go on foot, you’re in luck. You probably won’t run out of hiking trails during your visit to the Methow Valley. Dozens of trails lead hikers through mountain scenery, where slopes are covered with majestic trees and colorful wildflowers.
Prefer to let somebody else do the walking? Local outfitters organize trail rides, chuckwagon breakfast outings and multi-day pack trips into remote wilderness. Explore the terrain like the area’s earliest pioneers.
Aquatic recreation here ranges from fishing on sedate lakes to zooming on roaring rapids. Nine miles northwest of Riverbend, Patterson Lake serves as a mellow escape for anglers or swimmers. The lake prohibits jet skies, waterskiing or any boat traveling faster than 8 mph, so anglers can expect a tranquil fishing experience. Kayaking and canoeing also are popular here.
Some stretches of the Methow River churn with Class IV rapids, and trips can be customized for families and groups. Arrange an adrenaline-pumping trip through Methow Rafting. For something on the relaxing side, rent an inner tube and drift down a less-turbulent segment of the river.
This region boasts some of the clearest night skies in the Lower 48 states. On cloudless, moonless nights, stargazers can see the Milky Way Galaxy from one end to the other. In fact, a local effort is afoot to transform the area into a “dark sky community.” Spend those summer nights picking out the constellations that glimmer above your campsite.
More than 250 species of birds thrive in the Methow Valley, and you can spot many of them if you know where to look. Bald eagles soar along the river, while bluebirds and hummingbirds fly along trailside fence lines. Birdwatchers can take advantage of the many public access walks that lead along the river bank and through meadows dotted with wildflowers. Folks who venture to the upper valley might glimpse a peregrine falcon on the hunt.
The Methow Valley has no shortage of ways to work up a sweat. You’ll find golf courses, pickleball courts and even a roller rink to keep you busy during your stay.
Riverbend RV Park is open from April 15 through October 26.