Winthrop (pop. 393 - 2009 census, elevation 1765') is known for the American Old West design of all the buildings in town, making it a popular Washington vacation destination. Aside from the western flair, Winthrop and surrounding valley has a deep history in mining.
Winthrop is a major cross-country skiing location, with over 120 miles of groomed trails that extend toward the nearby town of Mazama. Mazama is 13 miles (21 km) northwest of Winthrop and about 28 miles (45 km) from the Canadian border. Winthrop now boasts the largest cross country skiing trail system in the U.S.
Stop by Nordic Ultratune and check out Mark's hand selected ski inventory. Need your skis detailed? Mark uses the latest technology and time tested methods.
Bring your Snowmobiles! Snowmobiling Trails
Interested in Alpine Downhill Skiing? The Loup Loup Mountain Resort is just 30 minutes from our RV Park! Does someone in your camping party prefer Nordic Skiing? No problem, the Loup Loup Mountain Resort has 23k of groomed trails neighboring the Alpine area. You may also enjoy their famous Tubing Hill. Check out their Web Cam for all the latest snow info!
Go Ice Skating! Just down the street from our RV Park & Campground, you'll find one of the Top Tent Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks on the West Coast. Not too shabby eh? Check out Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink.
We recommend a stroll through the Shafer Museum to learn all about the Valley's western mining heritage. They have amazing exhibits showcasing the life and times of the early settlers here. By the way, the Shafer Museum is our next door neighbor. It's a pleasure to look over from our campground and see the old homestead buildings, tractors and tools.
Some other activities you can take part in while in the Methow Valley at our Campground include rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, horse-back riding, hunting and fishing, golfing, and sight-seeing. If you have a special affinity for fly fishing you'll want to get in touch with Rod Griffin over at Griff's Fly Fishing Adventures or the Globe Trouters. While in the Methow you will want to check out the Farmers Market in Twisp, every Saturday from May through October. There is an Artisans Market in Winthrop on Sundays and a market in Mazama on Wednesdays.
Talk with Joe, Julie and friends over at Methow Cycle & Sport for superb biking, hiking and trail advice. Forgot your gear? Need a bike? No problem. They have rentals! They can fit you for your very own new cutting edge bicycle.
Stop by Winthrop Mountain Sports and check out their extensive inventory of all the most stylish and functional 4 season clothing. Interested in renting some XC ski gear? Snowhoes? Rita and Diane, at Winthrop Mountain Sports have you covered. Pick up your trail passes there too.
Some of the events in Winthrop include the 49'ers Parade, Winthrop Auto Rallye, Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Methow Valley Rodeos where you can get up close to the action, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the annual Hot Air Balloon Roundup Festival. Hint, Hint... We suggest you look into arranging a balloon tour over the Valley with Kurt through the previous link!
Check out other Winthrop events.
Wondering where to get your morning Joe, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and supper?
Enjoy locally roasted coffee and espresso, organic tea, scones, bacon-egg croissants, cinnamon rolls, pizza, to-die-for soup, ALL homemade! At the Rocking Horse Bakery. (Here's a local's secret... Walk through our neighbor, The Shafer Museum's yard, down the trail and you will land on the Rocking Horse's front door. So quick! So in!)
Later, stop by the Candy Man's on the corner of Hwy 20 and and Main Street for a visit to Sheri's Sweet Shoppe . Soak up Winthrop's western history. Savor the worlds most fun and delectable candy, rich ice cream, homeade sorbet and truffles. Play some mini golf and then get back home to your oasis at the Pine Near RV Park. Rest up for an evening at camp or dinging out on the town.
Winthrop is home to the oldest legal saloon in Washington state. Winthrop is also home to some of the most mouthwatering dining choices in the state. Check out: Arrowleaf Bistro, Carlos1800, Riverside Grill, East20 Pizza, the award winning Old School House Brewery and more! All within an easy walk from your camp site.
The North Cascades National Park awaits you, with its pristine forests and stunning views - borders to the west.
Our famous smokejumper base is also nearby, located between Winthrop and the nearby town of Twisp.