Saltese Uplands Conservation Area
This 552-acre conservation area was acquired in 2011 with Conservation Futures funding. A mile south of I-90 and within a 25-minute drive of 600,000 people, this property is an example of shrub steppe habitat that's remained relatively intact over the past century.
Over 7 miles of trail wind throughout the property, exploring canyons that embrace year-round springs and climbing ridge tops with views of Liberty Lake, Mount Spokane, and Saltese Flats. Because of it's openness, the Saltese Uplands is a great place to view wildlife. White-tailed deer, badger, coyote, and bobcats have been sighted. There is also a notable concentration of raptors (hawks, eagles, etc.) that use the updrafts created by the topography of the "uplands" to hunt throughout the conservation area and adjacent Saltese Flats.
Spokane County Utilities Department acquired several hundred acres of the Saltese Flats adjacent to the "Uplands" in 2010 with the goal of restoring the historic wetlands. You can learn more about that restoration project by clicking here.
Click here for a locator and site map of the Saltese Uplands Conservation Area (959 KB pdf) Full size print-out is 11 x 17, but can be scaled to 8.5 x 11.
- Wildlife observation
- Nature trails
- Equestrian trails
- Cross-country skiing
- Snow Shoeing
- 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 campfires are permitted in the conservation area.
- Take Barker Street exit, #293
- Drive south on Barker Road to Sprague Avenue
- Turn left on Sprague Avenue and drive east to Henry Road
- Turn right on Henry Rd and drive south and park at trailhead on your left.
- Raptors (hawks, kestrels, etc.)