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Nestled just east of the Cascade Mountains and north of the Stuart Mountains, Ellensburg experiences only about 9 inches of precipitation a year, more than 300 days of sunshine, and four distinct seasons. Ellensburg is in the heart of the beautiful Kittitas Valley, where year-round recreational activities can be enjoyed by all. Spend a day golfing at the new Suncadia Prospector Golf Course, or maybe water skiing on the Yakima River, or fly fishing and family rafting in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. In the winter, enjoy these "American Alps” by snow-mobiling and cross-country skiing. Travel scenic backroads for a great day’s drive along the Yakima River, or take a favorite "short cut" to either Oregon or California. The historic downtown hosts six blocks of brick buildings that have been restored and now house fine restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, and unique locally owned shops along side downtown hardware stores, sporting goods, clothing, and drug stores.