Destination guide

The Cascades are calling—come and enjoy an adventure

Inhale fresh mountain air in Mazama, a breathtakingly beautiful town tucked away in the lush Methow Valley and surrounded by forests, rivers, and the craggy peaks of the North Cascade Mountains. Set along the picturesque North Cascades Highway, the town is less than 30 minutes from the Canadian border and serves as the eastern gateway to the majestic mountain range. Whether you're exploring the region by foot, car, bike, or on 2 skis, you'll uncover a host of outdoor adventures and natural wonders, no matter what time of year you're staying in your Mazama vacation rental.

Things to do

Sweeping vistas and sipping vino—just another day in Mazama

Leave the comfort of your Mazama vacation rental and make the 20-minute drive to the Washington Pass, the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range. The area features lookout points so you can soak up majestic panoramas. From there, it's just another 25 minutes to the heart of North Cascades National Park, a stunning place filled with glaciers, forests, and more than 500 lakes and ponds. After a long day of driving, make a stop at the Lost River Winery to sample some wine. You can warm yourself indoors or grab a patio seat with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

Activities

Walking (and skiing) in a winter wonderland

Mazama is famous for the Methow Trails, 120 miles of cross-country skiing trails. For the ultimate thrill, the area also offers heli-skiing, where skiers head downhill after descending from a helicopter. When the weather warms, activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and white-water rafting in the Cascades. The region also offers some of Washington's best rock-climbing conditions. For a less intense experience, the town hosts a farmers' market during the warmer months, where you can enjoy live music and buy local produce to bring back to your Mazama vacation rental.

Weather

Frost, flurries, and freezing temps—that's wintertime!

Winter brings biting conditions, with daytime highs near or below freezing, and evening lows dipping into the teens. You better unpack your parka as well since the region, which sees more than 100 inches of snow annually, gets pounded in December and January. The frost starts to thaw as spring begins and temperatures rise from the mid-40s to the mid-60s. Things finally heat up in the summer when the area experiences sunny, dry, and warm conditions with highs in the low 80s. But the cold starts to set in again in the fall with rain and temperatures in the 30s.

Natural features

Into the great wide open with critters in the Cascades

Mazama offers a colorful landscape as the golden floor of the Methow Valley is dotted with vibrant wildflowers, before giving way to green forests filled with Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine. Aspen and Cottonwood trees also fill the region, as they line the blue waters of area creeks and rivers. You'll find plenty of gophers in the flatlands of Mazama, but climb into the mountains and much larger critters, such as timber wolves, bobcats, cougars, moose, elk, and even grizzly bears, call the place home.

Where to stay around Mazama?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 72 vacation rentals near Mazama. From 24 Cabins to 31 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mazama for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mazama?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mazama. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pearrygin Lake State Park: 83 vacation rentals
  • Big Twin Lake: 82 vacation rentals
  • Shafer Museum: 88 vacation rentals
  • Bear Creek Golf Course: 83 vacation rentals
  • Mack Lloyd Park: 88 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mazama listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Mazama?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 24 Cabins in Mazama. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mazama include:

  • Houses: 31 rentals available
  • Cottages: 24 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 24 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mazama?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 18 vacation rentals with pool available in Mazama. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.