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Olancha Dunes

Friday, November 18, 2016

Alt Names

Owens Dry Lake, Owens Valley, Olancha, Ridgecrest Resource Area

Last Known StatusOpen

Well, it's the perfect place to learn how to ride the sand without the dangers and annoyance of rider traffic or crowds. There is only one main dune, and it's very small, but there is one section of rolling sand with some vegetation that is fun.

The surrounding mountains have some desert trails and fire roads but the OHV area is mostly flat. The main entrance is smooth but has a couple deep sand washes so a 4x4 is recommended if you want to drive all the way in to the dune.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityOlancha, CA
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take 395 south toward Olancha, CA, about 280 miles
2) Turn left (east) on SR-190, continue about 1.5 miles
3) Look for a dirt road on the right (east), follow towards the dunes.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail, Dunes
LandBLM

RATINGS

Prosno enforcement, no traffic, some pretty views, good placej to learn to ride sand w/o traffic, few hazards
Consentrance has some deep sand washes (4x4 recomended) little challenging terrain, really only one dune, nota very tall
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayHalf Day
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TERRAIN

Square Miles2
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis OHV area has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis OHV area has few large jumps.Fewmain dune face is only real large jump
BermsThe OHV area has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis OHV area has no intersections.None
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has no rider traffic on typical days.None
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Certain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo RestrictionCA BLM burn season
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryPermitted
AlcoholNo RestrictionCA open container
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areasshotguns ok, no pistols
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
Commentdesolate "open use" area, no enforcement, vacant

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (N)Southern Inyo Hospital (760) 876-5501
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Olancha Mini Market (760) 764-2289
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Olancha Mini Market (760) 764-2289
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (N)Boulder Creek RV Park (760) 876-4243
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (N)Boulder Creek RV Park (760) 876-4243
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)Boulder Creek RV Park (760) 876-4243
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)Olancha Mini Market (760) 764-2289
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (N)Diaz Lake Campground (760) 876-5656
Body of Water Water Body20-30 Miles (S)N. Haiwee Reservoir - 6 miles south also Diaz Lake Recreation
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (N)Diaz Lake Campground (760) 876-5656

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Road
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 384-5400
www.blm.gov

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Interesting desert vegetation is scattered throughout the dunes.

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Nice mountain views.

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