Celebrate Rimrock to Riverside

Join Inland Northwest Land Conservancy on Saturday, May 14, to celebrate the forever protection of Rimrock to Riverside! Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of local homeowners, collaboration among city, county, and state parks, and generous donations from you, members of the Conservancy, there is now an 11-mile protected green space corridor for animals and people to enjoy, stretching from the Hangman Creek to Nine Mile. We will be celebrating this beautiful, historical spot, with a series of activities and festivities.

Register for an activity below, or plan a DIY adventure that culminates in live music, delicious food truck lunch, and a few words from the people who helped make this dream a reality. If you’ve already registered for an activity, we will be sending out emailed final instructions on Thursday, May 12.

If you’re planning to come that morning for a “do it yourself” adventure, plan to arrive anytime from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will be near the intersection of Houston Road and Rimrock Drive with information about the Conservancy, DIY activities, and beginning at 11:30, food for purchase and live music!

Get to know Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

And celebrate the protection of Rimrock to Riverside!

A morning of activities throughout the park will culminate in a few minutes of recognition and thank you to those who came together to protect this critical wildlife and recreation corridor on the west side of Spokane. Come early for a hike, yoga, bird watching or one of the many other free activities* and stick around for live music, delicious food**, and time with others who love the outdoors as much as you do! And as a special treat, any new members who join the Conservancy at the event will receive a free INLC Silipint for any and all upcoming outdoor adventures!


  • Most activities will meet at the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy booth near Houston Road and Rimrock Drive (map here)
  • If you’ve already registered for an activity, you will receive final details via email on Thursday, May 12
  • 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Activities (registration below)
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Live music and food available**
  • 12:00-12:15 p.m. Recognition and celebration of Rimrock to Riverside permanent protection
  • 1:00 p.m. Wrap up and head home

*Registration is required.

**Food will be available for purchase from Good ‘Dilla food truck from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Welcoming wildflowers at Rimrock to Riverside

Blooms Abound Hike


Spring has sprung! Let’s greet the season with a warm welcome by taking in the views of native wildflowers in full bloom. Join Todd Dunfield, the Conservancy’s Community Program Manager, on a hike to take in the sights of golden arrowleaf balsamroot, white yarrow, and other native flowers blanketing the ground at Rimrock to Riverside.

Register here.


Birding Hike

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Birds are a sure sign of spring! Tune into hear the Red-Winged Blackbirds or catch a glimpse of a Northern Flicker on our birding hike at Rimrock to Riverside. The hike will be led by avid birder, Lisa Langelier. Join Lisa to look and listen for the birds dwelling at Rimrock to Riverside! This hike will be a slow walk and last about 2 hours.

Register Here.

Let's go cruisin'

Entry Level Bike Ride

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Take in the views of Rimrock to Riverside by way of two wheels. This beginner friendly bike ride around R2R will be 2-3 miles long on mostly flat trails. The ride is led by Chris and Sue of Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance. The ride will last about an hour. Bring your own bike and helmet in order to participate!

Register Here.

Guided Nature Journaling


Nature journaling is a way of tapping into your observations, thoughts, and questions about nature. This guided activity will be led by Heidi Lasher. No expertise required- Just attention and a willingness to sharpen your skills in perception and reflection. Bring your own journal and pen, and a camp chair to sit in if you don’t mind carrying it out with you!

Register Here.

Salve Making and Tea Party

Foraging and Harvesting


Join the Conservancy’s Stewardship Director, Rose Richardson, for a morning of foraging and gathering herbs and balsamroot leaves at Rimrock to Riverside. The herbs will be used to make a tea that will be enjoyed while learning about the benefits of balsamroot salve from Rose. The class will include starting the salve, and you will leave with a kit to finish it at home.

Register Here.

Beginner Photography Workshop


Take in a new perspective of Rimrock to Riverside from behind the camera lens. This beginner workshop will walk you through how to use your camera while focusing on outdoor photography. Learn from local photographer, Aaron Theisen, how to capture inspiring images of landscape and wildlife. Please bring your own camera to participate.

Register Here.

Namaste Outside

Outdoor Yoga Class

11-11:45 a.m.

Join us for an outdoor yoga class led by yogi Robin Marks. “We will expand the inner focus of yoga by presenting gratitude and reverence for the land we’ll be on and the life it supports.” – Robin

The class is open to all levels. Please bring your own yoga mat to participate.

Register Here.

Wander and Wonder

Forest Bathing


Take a leisurely (clothed) walk through the park to immerse yourself in nature. Forest Bathing is an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world around us by experiencing the forest with all of your senses. This walk will be led by Joy Peltier, who has experienced firsthand the wonders that being in nature can do to improve physical, mental, and emotional health.

Register Here.

Geology Exploration


This exploration through the preserve will revolve around the local geology of Palisades and Riverside Park. The discussion led by Nigel Davies will incorporate the regional geology of eastern Washington. Nigel encourages everyone to bring a notebook to sketch, and questions you have been itching to ask!

Register Here.

Gravel Bike Ride


Join gravel bike enthusiasts for a ride around Rimrock to Riverside led by Spokane’s Mojo Cyclery. This ride will cover the trails that connect Palisades Park to Riverside State Park.


Register Here.

Palisades by Horseback


Bring your equine partner and enjoy a springtime ride for an overview of the Indian Canyon – Palisades Park trail system with a mid ride stop at the Rimrock to Riverside celebration. The ride will be led by Craig Volosing.

Register here.

Thanks to our partners

A huge thanks to Washington Trust Bank and the many other donors who worked to make Rimrock to Riverside a reality!

Rimrock to Riverside by the Numbers


Riverside State Park



Rimrock to Riverside



Palisades Park


Total Acres


Connected wildlife habitat

11 Miles