Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass

Pros

Two beaches. Relatively quiet. Old-growth forest.

Cons

Popular on weekends.

Features

Historically significant
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Tide pools
Wildlife
Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Tide pools

Location

Field Guide

Comments

Markus, I had decent service while there, but it probably depends on your specific provider. :)
06/12/2018
Anyone know about cell phone service in the Park?
05/27/2017
always beautiful!
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