Olmstead Place Historical State Park

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Pull off fast-paced Interstate 90, and step back to a slower time at Olmstead Place Historical State Park near Ellensburg. 

In 1875, the pioneering Olmstead family homesteaded the land claim at the site of the current state park. They originally raised grain and beef cattle. The family switched from beef to dairy in 1892, producing butter for the Seattle market. Three generations of the family farmed this land over many decades. Donated to State Parks in 1968, Olmstead Place reflects farming history, with historic equipment, a 1908 hay barn and smaller barns, sheds and coops that date from the late-19th century on into recent times. A tour of the original cottonwood log cabin reveals fascinating historic furniture and artifacts.  

Take a stroll through the beautiful heritage gardens, blooming with  a profusion of flowers throughout the warm seasons. Meander down the Altapes Interpretive Trail, which lies along Coleman Creek. Check the online calendar for a schedule of interpretive activities. 

Bring the kids and history lovers in your family for a prescheduled tour or just come on your own. Don’t forget your picnic basket and camera, or even your easel. With its rustic buildings, country landscapes and colorful blooms, Olmstead Place is an artist’s dream.

When you’re ready to get back in the car, don’t worry; the 21st century will still be out there.

Park features

Olmstead Place Historical State Park is a 221-acre day-use park on an original 1875 pioneer homestead only a few miles from Ellensburg. 
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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & day-use facilities

There are 17 unsheltered picnic tables in the park, along with a restroom.



  • 1 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Fishing (freshwater)

Winter activities & features

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Other activities & features

  • Heirloom gardens
  • Museum
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Photography

Interpretive opportunities

Free guided public tours take place weekends from noon - 4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day and by appointment the rest of the year. This pioneer farm offers both elaborate youth/school field trips and guided public tours for free. To book tours or field trips, call the park at (509) 925-1943.

Additional information

  • Fishing season for Coleman Creek is June 1 - October 31.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Garden weddings or events also can be booked by calling the office.