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Dogs must be kept on Leash. It's the Law!

James T. Slavin Conservation Area


The property consists of 628 acres located in the Rosa Butte area of the West Plains.  The topography is a combination of low, rolling pastures surrounded by high, forested buttes.  The property contains a variety of habitat types including ponds, upland pine and fir forests, wetlands, and grassy meadows. 

It has been identified by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife as an elk calving area and along the waterfowl migratory routes.  The property contains a five-acre permanent lake, many seasonal ponds, and has a wetland-stream corridor running north-south through its center.

There are close to 200 acres of permanent and seasonal wetlands on the property.  Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf undertook a Wetland Restoration Program through the Natural Resource Conservation Service to restore those wetlands from farmland.  A large variety of wildlife use the wetlands and surrounding area for habitat, including 121 species of birds (see Audubon checklist for Slavin).  

Trail Map

Click here for a trail map of the James T. Slavin Conservation Area (829 KB pdf) Full size print-out is 11 x 17, but can be scaled to 8.5 x 11. 

Permitted Uses

  • Wildlife habitat
  • Wildlife observation
  • Nature trails
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Bird-watching (please see the Audubon Society's Palouse to Pines Loop for more info)
  • Equestrian trails
  • Bird-watching
  • Cross-country skiing


  • Dogs can be disruptive to wildlife and must be kept on a leash at all times while in the conservation area.
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the conservation area.
  • Hunting and/or shooting are not permitted at any time in the conservation area.

  • No camping or fires are permitted in the conservation area. 


From I-90:
  • Take US 195 South at the Colfax/Pullman exit, #279
  • Drive south on 195 for approximately 8.4 miles 
  • Turn right (west) on Washington Road, drive to the 'T' intersection with Keeney Road
  • Turn right (north) on Keeney Road; parking is immediately on the left 
  • The James T. Slavin Conservation Area borders Keeney Road for 1/2 mile 


Special attractions at the James T. Slavin Conservation Area include:
  • Easy to medium hiking trails over 628 acres in the Rosa Butte area  - NOTE! Currently a portion of the loop trail is inundated with water in the northwest corner of the property. County Parks is working on a solution to this problem and appreciates your patience.
  • Trailhead Parking Area. 
  • Wildlife observation, including large mammals and various species of upland and migratory birds