Juniper Dunes Wilderness

We started our wilderness project with a unique one – the Juniper Dunes Wilderness near Pasco. Per the Bureau of Land Management, it was part of the 1984 designation and preserves the northernmost stand of western juniper trees. The entire 7,140+ acre area is fenced in, bordered on almost all sides by private land.


The day of our visit in early March was very windy, par for the course here I understand, and we were really proud of ourselves for remembering to throw our ski goggles in the car. They really helped keep blowing sand out of Chay’s eyes, making the walk much more enjoyable.

Beautiful juniper berries

There are no designated trails within the wilderness. We followed game trails from dune to dune, spending several hours in the wilderness bounds and getting to test our (literal) wilderness navigation skills while taking care to avoid stepping on plants just coming up for the spring.

The dunes at sunset
A short break from the blowing sand and the Blue Mountains in the distance

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