Is someone getting BBQ this holiday?

Yes – you are! BBQ Flats that is!

Meadow and spread out pine trees
Back Country Horsemen of Washington representatives say that spring and fall riding in the unique BBQ Flats landscape is a favorite for locals, people from across Washington, and visitors from nearby states,

If you ride horses near Ellensburg, it could be that we (and the state legislature) are making your Christmas wish come true this holiday.

DNR announced last week that BBQ Flats, in the Wenas, will be open to the public by July of 2015. Through a series of land trades and purchases, DNR is taking possession of a road that will serve as a public access to a new BBQ Flats recreation site.

If that announcement is the main dish, the sides aren’t bad either. As part of the deal DNR will also add toilets and a recreation site for parking, horse trailers, camping and cross-country horse riding and hiking.

Yet, it takes more than wishful thinking to get flat, open pine forests like this one available for you to enjoy. In this case it took the 2013 State Legislature – and $500,000 – to allow DNR the ability to make it happen.

And for those who ride horses in the backcountry, for whom this area has long been popular, the announcement is, well, good enough to eat.

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