After years of negotiations, the gates finally have been opened for
visitors to the Juniper Dunes area northeast of Pasco.
BLM officials announced in mid-February 2007 that they had reached a lease
and cooperative use agreement on part of Peterson Road, the most popular
access road into the area. Peterson Road leads to the recreation area just off
the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway.
The road has been blocked off since 2005 when dairyman Steve DeRuyter --
the owner of 5D Farms -- installed a large dirt berm, then a locked gate
across the road that runs through his property.
The juniper-dotted dunes are public land, but it has long had no dedicated
Elevations range from 750 feet to 1,130 feet above sea level.