Naches, a pioneer town of about 830 residents, is located on the foothills of the Cascades, just 12 miles from Yakima on U.S. Highway 12.
About the Community
It sits within close proximity of many sites that offer camping, skiing, hunting, fishing or rafting. During the summer, visitors can stop by one of its many road-side fruit stands or U-pick farms, explore close-by attractions like Boulder Cave or hike one of the many trails in the area.
During the winter, they can plan a snowmobiling trip or check out the Oak Creek Wildlife Area to see elk and bighorn sheep being fed.
All year, visitors can enjoy shops and restaurants, including the Bron Yr Aur Brewery, D’Nile Taphouse and Nier the Nook. Just a couple doors down are two more popular hangouts: Van’s 1885 Bar & Grill and the Country Rock Café. The Walkabout Inn is on Highway 12
The town also hosts many family events throughout the year. Nile Valley Days, held at Sprick Park in mid-July, is packed with outdoor family-friendly activities: vendors with hand-crafted items, food booths, displays, kids’ games, live entertainment and more.
Sportsman Days in September is one of the longest-running community events in the Yakima Valley. The event features free entertainment throughout the weekend along with a midway, rides, food booths, game booths, flea markets, silent auctions, button drawings, free shows and more.
New city facilities are also on the way. Yakima County Fire District 3 Chief Alan Baird has secured enough funding to build a new fire station in Naches, a project he has been working to accomplish for many years.
Naches is home to the Naches Ranger District that oversees a big chunk of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands in the area. Visitors can stop by the headquarters along Highway 12 to learn more about recreational opportunities.