Traveling in the Northwest in the summer can mean a trip to or through Yakima to enjoy a multitude of different activities. One of the more unusual items that you might want to catch when you have a few free moments is the "Indian Painted Rocks". Located minutes from town just two blocks off of Highway 12. The origin of these paintings is unknown to the current Indians of this region. They are similar to other paintings found in the western part of North America and maybe depicting significant events in the Indians life such as religious events, hunting experiences or possible interactions with other tribes. The "Indian Painted Rocks" is located on an old Indian trail that ran from the Wenas Mountains to a local band of the Yakimas. Later in the 1850's and beyond the trail was used by gold miners headed north to British Columbia and stage coaches that traveled the fledging region of the early west.
If you are in the area and have a hour or so this is part of the history of the West that you won't want to miss.