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Oceano Dunes SVRA

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Alt Names

Pismo Beach, Pismo Dunes, Guadalupe - Nipomo Dunes

Last Known StatusOpen

Here you can grab a spot on the beach and ride the tide pools and the surrounding dunes. This area caters to those who like sand in their ears and it gets so busy that it is quite entertaining.

Get there early for a good spot on holiday weekends, and remember to lower your tire pressure after you pass the gate. A 2WD vehicle can handle the firm wet part of the beach with the tire pressure low enough, but 4x4s are strongly recommended.

There is also plenty to do and see in the surrounding tourist town, such as clamming, horseback riding, surfing and seafood restaurants.

The dunes are semi-firm, and we tackled them on 2-strokes with fresh tires but no paddles. (Ok, so maybe one of our two strokes dumped its coolant and seized up, but that was only because we were too lazy to re-jet!... Maybe you better bring the paddles.) Flags are required.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityOceano, CA
Address928 Pacific Blvd., Oceano CA 93445
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From: Sacramento, CA
1) Take I-5 South to 41 West
2) Take 41 West to 101 South to Pismo Beach to 1 South
3) Continue past Pismo State Beach. Entrance on right.

From South:
1) 101 North or I-5 north to Rte 166 West
2) Take Rte 166 West to Rte 1 North
3) Entrance on left.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaDunes
LandState Recreation

RATINGS

Prosride into the ocean, scenic views of sand dunes, facilities are nearby, nice tourist town, people are friendly
Consextremely crowded, thousands of riders, not a lot of interesting riding
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles23
Climate TypeCoastal
Elevation0 to 200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis dune area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe dune area has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis dune area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe dune area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe dune area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis dune area has no rocks.None
TreesThe dune area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis dune area has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe dune area has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis dune area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis dune area has many large jumps.Many
BermsThe dune area has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state recreation area has almost all sand or gravel pits.All
Single TrackThis state recreation area has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state recreation area has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis dune area has almost all intersections.All
Rider TrafficThe state recreation area has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis state recreation area has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis state recreation area has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis dune area has some hazards.Some(hazards not marked)
heavy rider traffic, deep sand - lower your vehicle tire pressure until sidewalls start to bulge
Easy Terrain NoviceThis dune area has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis dune area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis dune area has little expert terrain.Little
CommentThere is one water crossing on the beach about 3/4 mile past post 2; you do need to cross it to get to the other side, could possibly get very deep during high tide months.

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 FlagsYes (96 inches)Safety Flags Required
All vehicles must have whip flag.
Maximum Vehicle Width
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)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
Helmets RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountrySome Areas
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomeDedicated Rangers/Officers
ATV/Saddle Mounted Patrol
Gate Inspection
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.
CommentAll OHVs are required to have a red or orange colored whip flag. During major holiday weekends ranger staff is supplemented by volunteer groups.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
EntryYes ($5.00 per vehicle)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $0.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Commentcampgrounds nearby at Pismo State Beach

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (E)Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (805) 489-4261
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)7-11 (805) 773-1208
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)Shell (805) 773-1622
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (N)Oceano Campground (805) 781-4900
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (N)Oceano Campground (805) 781-4900
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Oceano Campground (805) 781-4900
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Market Express (805) 481-7032
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn SitePacific Ocean
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (N)Avila Beach Boat Ramp (805) 595-2300

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOceano Dunes SVRA
928 Pacific Blvd.
Oceano, CA 93445
(805) 473-7220
(805) 473-7223
www.parks.ca.gov
Contact InfoCA State Parks OHMVR Division
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001
(916) 324-4442
ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov
ohv.parks.ca.gov

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