The community of Selah is located north of Yakima, just through the upper gap in the ridges that frame the Yakima Valley.
About the Community
The town of more than 7,850 residents is located at the south end of the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway and offers numerous outdoor recreation access points. Like its surrounding communities, Selah is big on recreation — outdoor pursuits and team sports alike. Being close to the canyon and other nearby outdoor destinations is ideal for campers, hunters, archers, ATV riders, mountain bikers, trail runners, birdwatchers and fishermen.
Sports tourism is a hit in Selah. The Carlon Park Athletic Complex attracts baseball and softball tournaments and other events throughout the spring and summer months. A community swimming pool also gives residents an opportunity for outdoor fun.
The community benefits from an active downtown association, which promotes business growth and supports various family events throughout the year.
The community’s biggest party is the annual Community Days celebration, which is typically held in mid-May. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other local gatherings include the Independence Day Festival in July, the Army Base Race in September, the Business Trick or Treat in October and the Christmas Selah Lighted Parade in December.
Selah is the home of international fruit products manufacturer Tree Top, as well as a number of well-known fruit companies such as Matson Fruit and Larson Fruit.
Visitors can always celebrate the area’s rich agricultural experience by taking the Agricultural Interpretive Loop. Plus, the city’s farmers market is held on Wednesdays throughout the season behind King’s Row restaurant on First Street.