Juniper Dunes OHV Area
Juniper Dunes provides 3,920 acres of OHV “Open” Area. Loose sand riding opportunities abound, primarily along trails through sagebrush habitat. Riders also enjoy sections of open dunes, and primitive road segments.
Since the early 1960s, Juniper Dunes has been a popular regional outdoor recreation area. Its current 19,600 acres is split into three adjoining area designations, each having its own use regulations: the Juniper Dunes Wilderness (designated by Congress in 1984), an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and an OHV “Open” Area. Currently, more than 70,000 people visit Juniper Dunes annually, most of them coming for OHV recreation.
Know Before You Go:
- No facilities or services are available.
- Current state of residence registration and tabs/stickers are required on all motorized vehicles.
- You must wear an industry-approved safety helmet when operating a motorcycle or ATV/OHV on all BLM public or leased lands and roads within the Juniper Dunes area. This requirement does not apply to occupants of street-legal, four-wheeled vehicles.
- You must not operate a motorcycle or ATV/OHV without a safety flag while on BLM lands in the Juniper Dunes. All such vehicles must have a whip mast and a 6-inch x 12-inch red/orange safety flag. Flags may be of pennant, triangle, square, or rectangular shape. Safety flags must be attached within 10 inches of the tip of the whip mast with club or other flags mounted below the safety flag or on another whip. Masts must be a minimum of 6 feet in height/length or industry standard height/length.
- You must not carry a passenger when operating a motorcycle or ATV/ OHV on BLM public lands and roads unless the ATV/OHV is designed by the manufacturer to carry passengers.
- Wood pallets, and any other wood or lumber containing hardware including nails or screws, are prohibited for any type of fire on BLM lands or roads in the Juniper Dunes area.
- Please do not bring any glass beverage containers.
Point of Interest:
A Franklin County paved road connecting Kahlotus Pasco Road to the BLM Juniper Dunes OHV area opened to the public in summer 2019. BLM planning for future associated connecting roads and public lands is ongoing. Please be patient as BLM works through this planning phase and any subsequent new development or construction. The public is welcome to contact the Spokane District Office for additional information and updates. Visitors should be aware that currently there are no parking facilities for RVs at the northern terminus of the newly opened paved Juniper Road.
From Ritzville, WA: take US 395 South for 75 miles and turn left onto Foster Wells Road. After 6.4 miles, where Foster Wells Road ends, turn left onto Pasco Kahlotus Road. After 1.2 miles, turn left onto Juniper Road. Continue straight (north) 4.25 miles to its junction with the very primitive OHV access road.
Accessibility Description (ABA/ADA)
No fees. However, valid current state of residence registration and tabs/stickers are required.