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Imperial Sand Dunes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Alt Names Glamis, Buttercup Valley, California Imperial, Gecko, Ogilby, Mammoth Wash, ISD
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

The massively huge Glamis dunes are a bucket list opportunity for all types off road vehicle enthusiasts, spanning a 40 mile stretch with pure sand dunes of all sizes.

Whip flags are a mandatory, and while the park is open year-round, the best time to ride is late September through late April because of the heat. The area can see 200 thousand riders or more on major holidays, but because of it's size, the atmosphere can still range from rowdy to secluded, depending on where you choose to go.

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LOCATION
Nearest City El Centro, CA
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From: San Diego, CA
1) Take I-8 east about 115 miles
2) Take exit for SR-111 north, continue about 15 miles
3) Turn right (east) on SR-78. continue 19.7 miles
4) Turn right (south) on Gecko Road. Stage anywhere.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Dunes
Land BLM
QUALITY
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
TERRAIN
Square Miles 34
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 150 to 400 ft.
Trail Maintenance Unknown
Loose Dirt This dune area has no loose dirt.None
Hard Pack The dune area has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This dune area has almost all sandy areas.All paddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
Mud The dune area has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The dune area has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This dune area has no rocks.None
Trees The dune area has no trees.None
Steep Hills This dune area has many steep hills.Many
Water Crossings The dune area has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This dune area has many small jumps.Many
Large Jumps This dune area has many large jumps.Many
Berms The dune area has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This BLM land has no single track trails.None
Roads This BLM land has few roads.Few
Intersections This dune area has many intersections.Many
Rider Traffic The BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
Shade This BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This dune area has some hazards.Some (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
cutaway dunes, razorbacks, drop offs
Easy Terrain Novice This dune area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This dune area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This dune area has some expert terrain.Some
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes CA OHMVR stickers required
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Permit
Dates Open Year-Round CA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Yes (96 inches) Safety Flags Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted CA 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)
Permitted CA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction CA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets Required Yes helmets required by state law
Bicycles
Hiking
Horseback
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding Yes Not Recommended
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
FEES
Parking ($0.00)
Entry Yes ($25.00 per vehicle)
Good for 7 days
Riding ($0.00)
Camping
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (W) Pioneers Memorial Hospital (760) 351-3333
Gasoline Gasoline 20-30 Miles (W) Shell (760) 351-061
Diesel Diesel 20-30 Miles (W) Shell (760) 351-061
Potable Water Water 20-30 Miles (W) Shell (760) 351-061
RV Hookups RV Hookup 30+ Miles (NW) Glamis North KOA (760) 354-1010
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 30+ Miles (W) Shell (760) 351-061
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store 20-30 Miles (W) Shell (760) 351-061
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (SW) Sunbeam Lake County Park (760) 352-3308
Body of Water Water Body 30+ Miles (SW) Sunbeam Lake County Park (760) 352-3308
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (NW) Salton Sea SRA (760) 393-3052
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - El Centro Field Office
1661 South 4th Street
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 337-4400
www.blm.gov
Contact Info Cahuilla Ranger Station
(760) 344-3919
Contact Info Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Permit Info
1100 Beacon Street
Brea, CA 92821
(800) 832-7664
(714) 990-2700
www.imperialsanddunes.net
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Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area Photo

Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area

The dunes are huge and they go on forever.
Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area Photo

OHV at Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area

Photo Submitted 1/8/2013 (Thanks!)
Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area Photo

OHV at Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area

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Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area Photo

OHV doing a wheelie at Imperial Sand Dunes Dune Area

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