Wilson Ranch Location
Wilson Ranch is located at the confluence of Early Winters Creek
and the Methow River in the Methow Valley. The Ranch is situated
at an elevation of 2,100 feet at the foot of the North Cascade
Mountains. We are immediately adjacent to the North Cascade Scenic
Highway 20 and only a mile from the small town of Mazama. The old
west town of Winthrop is 16 miles down valley from Wilson Ranch.
We are also immediately adjacent to the Okanogan National Forest.
The high altitude creates large daily temperature variations;
during summer months, variations of as much as 40 degrees are
common. The humidity is generally very low, especially during
the snowy winter
months. Seasonal snowfall ranges from 10 to 15 feet per year,
with short-term accumulations of four feet occurring often. The
west of Wilson Ranch greatly affect the area’s climate. Average
annual precipitation at Wilson Ranch is about 24 inches. Annual
cumulative snowfall averages 10 to 15 feet per year, which represents
of the total moisture. Approximately 80 percent of the precipitation
occurs during the five-month period of November through March.
Summers are characterized by long dry periods, warm days and cool
Wilson Ranch is located in a very unique landscape. It is located
in the Intermountain transition zone between the North Cascade Mountains,
the Columbia River Basin, and the Cascade Mountain Range, an alpine
region that protects Wilson Ranch from moisture laden Pacific storms.
The Wilson Ranch in a leadership role with our environment and the
At Wilson Ranch, we are committed to maintaining the natural character
and quality of the area under our care. We are committed to living
in balance with the ecosystem we share with both wild creatures and
our human neighbors.
A Wilson Ranch priority is the long-term protection of clean air,
clean water, sustainable wildlife habitat, and scenic vistas, as
well as the protection of the rural lifestyle that characterizes
the Methow Valley.
Here is how we seek to achieve harmony with our natural setting
and how you can help.
Our planning and construction
Hut information center is staffed by individuals who hike, bike,
ski, boat and ride horses in the area. They are current
on conditions and can help plan your activity.
- The environmental
library in the Freestone Inn is a source for information on numerous
local issues of our area.
in Freestone Lake is “catch and release, flies only”.
- Guided nature
tours will give a hands on experience of the local environment.
- Wilson Ranch
emphasizes non-motorized trail based recreation on the property.
- Low volume
timed watering and drip system irrigation is used on all landscaping
buildings use energy efficient sustainable construction.
- A stream
rehabilitation project has been initiated in Early Winters Creek.
- Open space
for mule deer movement through the property is assured.
- Drought tolerant
native species are used on all disturbed sites and landscaping.
and site improvements blend with existing topographic forms and
vegetation. Building materials have an indigenous character
in terms of color, texture,
lighting and scale.
- All buildings
consider visually sensitive areas such as meadows and view corridors.
- Natural appearing
berms have been designed into the resort setting to limit noise
and help maintain the visual values of the
- Outdoor lights
are designed to only illuminate small areas thus limiting the
impact of light on the rural setting.
are designed to fit with the existing landscape and vegetation.
meets standard wildfire protection guidelines.
- All utility
lines are underground.
of old structures was achieved in the reconstruction of the original
six Early Winters cabins.
staff is knowledgeable of local plants and wildlife and can
as to how to observe, learn more, and
avoid disturbing species that are in the area.
majority of our employees are local and can help tell you what’s “in” and
what ’s not in our community.
recycles all aluminum.
supports the local community through youth sports, the Methow
Conservancy, the Methow Sports Trail Association,
Methow Arts Alliance, events, festivals and educational scholarships.
housing is provided.
And you, our Guests
learning about our local environment a part of your visit.
- Become current
on the best and latest low impact techniques to use in our area.
- Respect our
room policy that restricts noise in the evening hours.
- Reuse linen
and towels when ever possible to save water use.
- To protect
vegetation walk on established trails and walkways. In winter,
do not walk on ski trails.
- Outdoor fires,
fireworks and discharge of firearms is not permitted.
facilities are a “smoke free” environment.
- Please leave
your pets at home thus minimizing your impact on wildlife.
- We are open
for suggestions as to how we can be even more environmentally
Please help us in our commitment to live in balance with our environment.