FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Juniper Dunes season is underway and Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies are expecting a big turn out for the three day weekend.
"There will probably be 500 people a day and 1,500 people for the weekend," said Brian Pfeiffer, Franklin County Sergeant. The Juniper Dunes area is comprised of almost 20,000 acres of federal land and about 4,000 of it is open to off roaders. This is the third year the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has patrolled the area and they say they just want to make sure people are playing safe. "Everyone should be wearing a helmet out there. BLM requires that you have an orange flag on your ATV, motorcycle, etc," said Pfeiffer. If your all-terrain vehicle does not have a flag, you can expect a ticket for about a $125.
Sergeant Pfeiffer also recommends to carry a GPS. "It is going to help anyone with injuries out there, we can get a helicopter in to you, fire, medic. There's no roads to go by landmarks so GPS is the way to go."
The only access to the Juniper Dunes is Peterson Road and it's located right off of the Pasco Kahlotus Highway.