Winter or summer, the Okanogan National Forest offers a variety of recreation activities. In winter the Forest is famous for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. In the summer, the mountains and rivers provide pleasant places to hike, bike, river raft, camp, and fish.
The Okanogan National Forest has many small campgrounds and approximately 1,600 miles of mountain trails. The area is famous for its mule deer herds, sports fisheries in the various lakes and streams, and acres and acres of backcountry to traverse.
Okanogan county has become a major cross-country skiing and snowmobiling center. Over 150 km of ski trails in the Methow Valley have been developed. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl, off State Route 20, west of Okanogan, attracts many alpine and cross-country skiers. A small Alpine ski facility, Sitzmark, is outside the national forest near Tonasket, Washington. Nordic and Alpine heli-skiing is also available in the Methow Valley.