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Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park

Northern Puget Sound, Washington

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Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park

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  • Picnic areas at Rosario Beach.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • Looking north toward Northwest Island.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • View south toward Rosario Head.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • Tide pools near Rosario Head.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • View from the tide pools to the beach entrance.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • Tide pools.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • The Maiden of Deception Pass.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • The southern beach.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • The southern beach.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • The southern beach.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • The southern beach.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • The southern beach.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • Fields and picnic areas.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • Restroom facilities.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
  • Picnic shelter.- Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park
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Pros: 
Two beaches. Relatively quiet. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Popular on weekends.
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Region:
Northern Puget Sound, WA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
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Adventure Description

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Rosario Beach falls within the Fidalgo Island parcel of Deception Pass State Park. Actually a set of two beaches, one on either side of a peninsula, Rosario Beach is a great sample of all that the park has to offer. Here you'll find tide pools, wide beaches trimmed with driftwood, picnic areas set amongst old-growth trees and wildflower meadows, and a story pole carving. The carving is of Kwuh-kwal-uhl-wut, the Maiden of Deception Pass, who was a legend of the Samish, a Coast Salish Native American tribe and the first humans at Rosario beach. The other historic structures at Rosario Beach include a field classroom and rustic kitchen shelter build but the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Keep your eyes on the ocean, too, for a glimpse of porpoises, orcas, and the occasional gray whale.

Stretch your legs on the trail around Rosario head, or take the half-mile trail from the parking lot, which leads to nearby Bowman Bay.

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