Looking for an outdoor activity in Auburn? With interesting geological features, hiking and an ADA-accessible trail, model aircraft flying, picnic and playground areas and a trail for equestrian use, Flaming Geyser State Park has something for most everyone to enjoy.
Flaming Geyser’s Geysers
Let’s get this out of the way first thing. There’s some good news and some bad news about the geyser that gave the park its name. Some bad news is that Flaming Geyser isn’t flaming. The methane that fueled the geyser has depleted, so the geyser no longer actually burns or flames. Some good news is that the site of the geyser still remains, along with interpretive signs that explain the geyser’s history and heyday, when its flame was visible and impressive.
Some more good news is that the park has a second geyser to check out. Try the short trail up to Bubbling Geyser. The trail is gradually uphill with some stairs, but it’s not too strenuous or long. Kids should do just fine. Do be mindful of muddy and slippery parts depending on rain.
Bubbling Geyser is on the far side of the creek, visible from a platform over the water, but don’t expect Yellowstone-style height from Bubbling Geyser. Instead, look for grayish residue under the water and gentle bubbles. An interpretive sign at the geyser explains the science behind the gray color.
Airfield and the Flaming Geyser Flyers
Flaming Geyser is also well-known for its popular airfield for flying remote-controlled model aircrafts., and all are welcome to come watch and learn more about flying. There are benches for visitors to sit and take in the action.
If you are interested in flying at Flaming Geyser, an Academy of Model Aeronautics card and solo permit sticker are required. Check out the Flaming Geyser Flyers’ website for more information.
The not-for-profit Flyers also accept donations to help maintain the field and equipment.
Green River Walk
Walk along the Green River on the Salmon Interpretive Trail and look for spawning salmon (seasonal) and other wildlife. The trail is paved and ADA-accessible for all the enjoy. Interpretive signs provide information along the trail about different salmon types and healthy river ecosystems – a great, educational walk!
Picnic and Play Areas
The park has picnic tables, barbecues, a playground, volleyball fields, open space for lawn games and restrooms.
There are also covered picnic shelters with tables and barbecues that can be reserved. The picnic shelters can accommodate up to 50 people each, making them great spots for hosting family or group get-togethers. Use Washington State Parks’ online system or call 888-CAMPOUT to make reservations.
Special Activity Permits
Interested in rocket launching? Or maybe hosting a wedding or other event in the park? Special activity permits are required. Check the park’s website for details.
More To Do
- Flaming Geyser also offers great spots for kayaking, fishing and summer swimming.
- For horseback riders, there is a one-mile trail and 25 acres of open space.
- Groups of 10-20 can request a ranger-led interpretive walk. Requests should be made with one week’s advance notice.
Tips and Tricks
- January 20, 2020, is a free day for day use at Washington State Parks.
- Outside of free days, a state parks Discover Pass is required. With transaction/dealer fees, a single-day Discover Pass is $11.50 and an annual Discover Pass is $35. You can buy passes online. There is an automated payment station at the park entrance if you need to purchase there.
- The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to dusk.
- The Alert Center on the park’s website provides information on any burn bans and other park announcements.
- There is no potable water at the park, so make sure to bring what you need.
- Usual nature rules apply: Leave no trace, come prepared, be responsible.