SELAH, Wash. — The Old West isn’t dead. But it can be an inconvenience for the unprepared.
Traffic on the Yakima River Canyon Road, also known as State Route 821, will be slowed for several hours Saturday as the family that operates the Mount Baldy Ranch undertakes its annual winter cattle drive.
Four generations of the Eaton family will drive about 300 head of cattle from Burbank Creek Road about five miles north along the state highway to the ranch.
Most years they take the cattle to land south of the ranch in mid-October. But when calving season begins in late January, they drive the cattle back up to the hay meadows at the home ranch.
Canyon Road traffic will move slowly from about noon to about 3 p.m. while the drive is under way.