Selah is a small city in the center of Washington, with an excellent climate and rolling desert hills. This town has a strong market in outdoor recreation, which draws in many tourists every year. The combination of great weather and accessible nature make it a breeze for you and your dog to keep a healthy, active lifestyle in Selah! When it’s time for your pup’s yearly check up, you don’t need to go far, because there are two animal hospitals right in town.
Selah is known for its many hiking trails in and around town. One of the the town favorites, is the Yakima River Scenic Byway. This byway is 18 miles long following the Yakima River, from the towns of Yakima to Ellensburg. It passes right through the town of Selah. From Selah, it’s accessible from State Route 821. This byway features views of sage covered desert hills and basalt cliffs. Leashed dog are welcome to join in on the fun!
It’s not surprising if you and your furry travel companion will want to stay a while in this town. Good thing that the Quality Inn in Selah welcomes pets! Located conveniently just off the I-82, the Quality Inn allows up to two pets for a small extra fee.
With all of these amenities and pet friendly activities, you and your doggo are sure to have a blast in Selah!
Even the City Center of Selah is not short on greenspace. If you’re looking to have a picnic, spend an afternoon in nature or switch up your morning walk, there are two great parks you can check out in this neighborhood. Carlon Park is a sports oriented park, with several kinds of athletic fields. Your pup will love to sniff and play on these grassy fields while there are no games in play! Amenities include bathrooms, concession stands, and nice shade trees. A similar but smaller park is McGonagle Park, located just northwest of Carlon Park. It also has some baseball diamonds and bathrooms. Both of these parks allow leashed dogs as long as they follow proper petiquette!
Residents and dogs of the Crusher Canyon neighborhood love living in close proximity to the Wixson Park. Whether you and your pooch are looking to get some heart pumping exercise, or some quiet meditation in nature, this is a great place to go. There are large grassy areas in this park that your dog can romp around on, and shade trees when it starts to get too hot. Don’t forget to pack a picnic basket and dog biscuits, because there are picnic benches and pretty gazebos in this park as well. This family friendly park also features bathrooms, a swimming pool and a playground. Dog are welcome in this park of course, as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
When you and your dog are itching to get outside and go on an adventure, it’s time to check out the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail. The trailhead can be found on Buffalo Road in the Tibbling neighborhood of Selah. This 8 mile trail has blooming wildflowers among the desert hills in the spring. You and your pupper might also have the chance to sniff out some interesting wildlife while hiking, like mule deer and bighorn sheep. Be sure to keep your dog leashed, and watch out for dangerous wildlife like rattlesnakes and scorpions. It could take from 4 to 6 hours to complete the hike, so don’t forget to bring lots of water for you and your thirsty pup!
Just a trot across the border into the neighboring town, brings you to the Yakima City Center. In this neighborhood you'll find the park all the dogs are barking about, the Norman and Nellie Byrd Dog Park. This park offers a a safe place for your pup to burn some energy off-leash and make some furry friends. This fenced in dog park is almost 2 acres within Sherman Park, just down the Greenway Path. The park features shade trees, large grassy areas and a sheltered tables, but you’ll need to bring your own waste bags to pick up after your pup. Don't forget the dog treats and drinking water! Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the rest of Sherman Park as well, which has fields and a paved walking path through the trees.