Umtanum Road

The "bluebird trail" along Umptanum Road from Ellensburg to Selah is a great place to observe and photograph both the western bluebird and the mountain bluebird during nesting season, March and April.

About the  Bluebird Trails

Every spring bluebirds returning to the area from their winter refuge instinctively seek enclosed cavities that
will protect their nests from predators. People provide a series of nesting boxes for these birds that are along walking and driving routes in central Washington. Some people monitor their boxes weekly to keep track of all the major events in the nesting season: nest building, egg-laying and incubating, hatching, parents feeding the chicks, and finally fledging when the grown chicks fly away from the nest. Others may just take a look or two during the season, and then check before the beginning of the next season to clean out the box. Many of these nesting  boxes are along Umtanum Road between Ellensburg and Selah giving many opportunities to observe and photograph Mountain and Western Bluebirds and other species who flock to the nesting boxes.

  • Length: 25.0 mi
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 15
  • Maximum Party Size: 15
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 15
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