The wind and sun of Kittitas County are a tremendous natural resource for producing clean, renewable energy.
Check out the educational displays at the Renewable Energy Center created by PSE and Central Washington University. As you take a tour of discovery, you will learn more about wind and solar technology – as well as the area's unique natural history.
Get up-close views of the wind turbines and solar arrays from a 3,500-foot ridge set against the backdrop of the Cascade mountain range. From this vantage point you can see the entire Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Hood. Looking east view the Columbia River Basin.
The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., April through October and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in November. It features a conference facility with a meeting room accommodating 48 people, and a kitchen and catering facilities.
Weather permitting, guided tours depart daily, April through November from the Renewable Energy Center at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; no reservation is needed for these tours. To schedule a separate, group tour of Wild Horse, please call 509-964-7815. During the winter months, tours are available by appointment. Please call 509-925-3131 to schedule.
All guided tours are free. If you are interested in a tour, please review the liability form and tour checklist linked below. Please note, minors must have the liability form signed by a parent or guardian to participate in the tour. Please wear closed-toed shoes.
Renewable Energy Center brochure
Tour Liability Form
Lands within the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility are open to hunting, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding and other recreational activities by written permission only. Gates along the Beacon Ridge Road are open April 1 to Nov. 30, from two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset.
To get permission to walk the grounds, complete the online application form then pick up your permit at the Renewable Energy Center.
First complete the application form online or in person at the Renewable Energy Center. If completed online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail instructing you to pick up your permit at the Renewable Energy Center before accessing the land. Required permits include a signed Recreation Access Permit, and a vehicle-use permit issued at the Renewable Energy Center. The vehicle-use permit must be visible from outside your vehicle at all times while parking along the Beacon Ridge Road or in designated areas as shown on the Recreation Access Map (best printed on 11x17 paper)
Everyone in your group must have signed Recreation Access Permit and vehicle-use permits, with the exception of minors under 18. Minors under 18 years are required to have a guardian's signature to access the property. Minors between the ages of 12 and 18 who are hunting must have their own Recreation Access Permit and have completed a hunting-safety course.
There is no access of any kind within 300 feet of wind turbines, solar panels, or substation and hunting is NOT allowed within 1,000 feet of the Renewable Energy Center or maintenance building. The Recreation Access Map provided with your permit will help you locate your position. Signs are posted, but the map is your best guide in determining your location. The area lies mostly on private land and it is a privilege to access these lands for hunting, bird watching or other purposes. There are special rules (see below) in place to ensure the safety of hunters, local residents, visitors, and wind-facility workers. It is your responsibility to make yourself aware and abide by them.
At the Renewable Energy Center, you will be asked to complete the application process by signing the Recreation Access Permit. State game officials and local law enforcement also require that hunters show picture identification if over 18 years old. When all the paperwork is complete, a vehicle-use permit will be issued for parking along the Beacon Ridge Road and in designated parking areas. Each hunter will receive a copy of the Recreation Access Permit to keep with him at all times while on the property.
The rules that apply for hunting/recreation within the boundary of the wind facility are spelled out in the Recreation Access Permit that you are required to carry with you at all times. Violation of any of the rules will result in loss of all access privileges and possible enforcement action.
- ACCESS IS ALLOWED from April 1 to November 30, seven days per week from 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset. Gate sensors allow exit from site 24 hours a day.
- NO ACCESS ALLOWED from December 1 to March 31 or during other posted closure periods.
- ACCESS MAY BE RESTRICTED at any time due to emergencies or operational issues.
- NO ACCESS of any kind within 300 feet (100 yards) of the wind turbines for your safety.
- WDFW HUNTING REGULATIONS AND BAG LIMITS APPLY. Wind facility property is located in Game Management Unit (GMU) 329. Wind facility property owned and managed by Puget Sound Energy is not considered “open and unclaimed” for the purposes of treaty hunting.
- YOUR RECREATION ACCESS PERMIT must be carried on you while within the wind facility area.
- VEHICLE USE PERMITS (hanging mirror tags) must be clearly displayed and visible from outside of the vehicle while accessing the facility for all recreational activities.
- LICENSED VEHICLE TRAFFIC is permitted only on Beacon Ridge Road. Driving on other wind turbine access roads is not allowed.
- MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH unless otherwise posted. Wind facility management traffic such as service trucks, cranes and heavy equipment have right-of-way.
- NO OFF-ROAD DRIVING PERMITTED. OPERATION OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLES OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVs) IS NOT ALLOWED anywhere on wind facility property.
- PARKING ALLOWED ONLY ALONG BEACON RIDGE ROAD and in designated parking areas as shown on the Recreation Access Map. DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS to gates, junction boxes or any entrances.
- NO CAMPING OR OVERNIGHT PARKING.
- NO SETTING OF GAME OR WILDLIFE TRAPS.
- NO TARGET SHOOTING. Firearms may only be used for hunting during hunting seasons authorized by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
- NO HUNTING OR SHOOTING within 1,000 feet of Maintenance Building, Renewable Energy Center (visitor center), and C2 tourist turbine, including their associated parking areas. No hunting or shooting within 300 feet of wind turbines, solar panels, substation or microwave facilities. See map for prohibited hunting/shooting zones.
- NO POINTING OR SHOOTING ANY WEAPON at any target other than legal game. Prohibited targets include wind turbines, solar panels, overhead power lines, junction boxes, vehicles, signs, buildings or substation. No shooting across or along any maintained portion of wind facility access roads, parking areas or from vehicles.
- NO FIRES, OPEN FLAMES, FIREWORKS or any other items or activities that may cause fires. Smoking is not allowed outside of vehicles.
- NO LAUNCHING balloons, aerial vehicles, or kites. No commercial photography.
To help assure continued access to these lands, please report any violations of these rules at 509-964-7809.
To report poaching in progress, public endangerment, or in the event of an emergency CALL 911.
For non-emergency poaching violations call 877-WDFW-TIP.