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Come join us
at our Visitor's Center
located at:
320 Main Street
Sultan, WA 98294

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 46 
Sultan, WA 98294
Hours:
10-4 Mon-Fri, 10-1 Sat
Phone: 360-793-0983
Fax: 360-793-3241
E-mail: 
debbie@skyvalleyvic.net

Mini Drives in the Sky Valley

Those of you who are into scenic driving trips will find several great mini-drives in the Sky Valley. The Stevens Pass Greenway is magical with many little side trips that create a one-of-a-kind journey. Get off the beaten path and truly experience one of the most beautiful areas in Washington State.

These Mini Trips are designed to give you a "jumping off point" to create your own Sky Valley adventures.

Watch the King 5 Evening Magazine feature video of places to stop on US 2!

Visiting The Sky Valley

Conveniently located only 1 hour NE of Seattle on Highway 2. We look forward to working with you to plan your perfect adventure based on your individual skill, time allocation and budget.

Planning your Sky Valley Adventure

The winter months offer majestic views of snow-capped mountains, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and so much more.

In the spring, visitors come to hike among the wildflowers and enjoy one of our many unique classes ranging from mushroom identification to hunter safety. Spring is the best time to test your rafting/kayaking skills on some of the best whitewater in the state.

Summer is festival season in Sky Valley. The Sultan Shindig, Index Arts Festival, Gold Dust Days Festival, Fronderosa Frolic, Dinsmore Picnic/Car Show, Rodeo events at Let’er Buck Corrals in Gold Bar, Sky Festival 4th of July Celebration at Index and the Skykomish Old Timers Picnic are among the most popular yearly events. Summer is also when our campgrounds come to life as visitors from all over the world enjoy fishing, rafting, hiking, and relaxing in our scenic forests.

In the fall, there is no place on earth more beautiful than the Sky Valley. The changing leaves create a breathtaking spectacle. Take a Sunday drive on the Steven’s Pass Scenic Greenway or hire a guide to take you through the valley on horseback to take in the splendor.

On Your Own

Wild Sky Wilderness Area: Included in this national treasure is beautiful forest which has been set aside as a protected wilderness area for future generations to enjoy. Together, with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, there are over 1.7 million acres for those who like to hike, bird watch, fish, hunt and camp.

Reiter Foothills Recreation Area: This area caters to motorcycles, ATV enthusiasts, BMX and Mountain bikers.

The Index Town Wall: Rock climbers from far and wide travel to climb the amazing Index Town Wall. The Town Wall is a group of steep granite cliffs. The Wall features several challenging cracks and a surprising number of face climbs, with hidden edges and overhangs.

Hiking: Hike for a day or escape for a month or more along the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Canada to Mexico. There are hundreds of gorgeous trails to choose from in the Sky Valley. Wallace Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Iron Goat Trail are some of our more popular hiking destinations.

Bird Watching: Eagles, owls, geese, swifts and more put on a show and will help any “Big Year” birdwatcher build the ultimate Pacific Northwest birding list.

Return of the Pinks: In odd number years the Pink Salmon return to the Sky Valley to spawn creating an amazing display of nature in action.

Guided Tours

Pack your bags and leave the rest to us. If your idea of a good time involves drifting down a lazy river or riding a gentle horse through our pristine wilderness, we have a guided tour for you.

Rafting/Kayaking: If you prefer life in the fast lane, we have guides who will escort you down our raging class 5 rapids near Index.

Horse Country: Let the horses so the leg work. Trained wranglers will guide you through our magnificent mountains atop a horse matched in skill and temperament to each rider. Enjoy moonlit rides, or go by day and enjoy breathtaking views around every corner.

Fishing: Enjoy fishing in heated boats with experienced guides showing you all the ‘best’ spots.

Food and Lodging

Take off your coat and stay a while. Sky Valley visitors have numerous hotels, motels, and rental cabins to choose from. For dinner, visit one of our many locally owned and operated restaurants.

Cabin Rentals: Wake up to sweeping mountain view and fish from your private deck. Stay for the night, or reserve one of our many rustic cabins for a week or more.

Hotels: The Sky Valley is home to historic hotels, who pay tribute to the dedicated railway workers and trailblazing adventure seekers of yesteryear.

Where to Eat: Sweeten your drive with a visit to a Sky Valley bakery. Featured items include fresh pastries, homemade fudge, chocolate and steaming hot cups of fresh-roasted coffee. Dine in or get it to go; the Sky Valley can meet all of your needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Classes

There is so much to learn about in the Sky Valley! From our rich history of logging and gold panning to the natural sciences flourishing in our wilderness, the opportunity to learn lies around every corner.

And More: Other classes include mushroom and plant identification, fly fishing, survival, kayaking, hunter safety courses and much, much more.

Shopping

The Sky Valley is a friendly place to shop complete with small town independently-owned businesses waiting to serve you. Take a walk down Main Street Sultan or Monroe and you will discover a treasure trove of shops from bookstores to clothing. Our business owners are proud to offer visitors to a unique and fruitful shopping experience.

Grow Washington: a unique shopping experience. Grow Washington is a business incubator consisting of member businesses offering their own locally produced products and services. Businesses who start in an incubator are 80% more successful in the long run than businesses who try to go it on their own. Each business person will complete a business, finance, marketing plans, learn point of sales/display techniques, work with the public, learn about the bookwork associated with all businesses including taxes, learn to streamline manufacturing, reduce overhead and have access to a commercial kitchen. Customers will be able to shop for wide variety of unique items while supporting entrepreneurs who are pursuing the American Dream. For more information contact Carolyn Eslick at 425-327-2093.

Parks

Monroe: The City of Monroe has twenty-seven parks with amenities ranging from playgrounds and beaches to fishing holes. For a complete listing and details about Monroe city parks please visit the City of Monroe Parks and Recreation Department website.

Sultan: Sultan’s parks are a wonderful place to get away from the crowd. More information on Sultan city parks can be found at the City’s website.

Gold Bar: Wallace Falls State Park is one of the crowning jewels in the Washington State Park system. A must see for every hiker in the Sky Valley.

Index: Index is internationally known for its granite cliffs and churning rapids attracting rock climbers and kayakers from around the globe. Please contact the Town of Index at 360-793-2488.

Skykomish: Depot Park in the heart of historic downtown and the Skykomish Ball Field Park Contact the Town of Skykomish at 360-677-2388

Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest contains many scenic and historical points of interest. Mountain tops gradually rise from 5,000 to 6,000 feet (1,800 m) on the south end of the forest to 7,000 to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in the north. Two tall volcanoes, Mount Baker and Glacier Peak, tower thousands of feet above the adjacent ridges. For more information on recreation in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, visit the US Forest Service website.