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Heber Dunes SVRA

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Imperial County Park System, Heber Beach, Alamo Canal, Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Trails

Last Known StatusOpen

Located just a few miles from the Mexico border, this small dune area is open daily from 7am to 9pm. Amenities include shade ramadas, restrooms, coin operated showers, picnic tables, and fire rings. There is also a beginner’s practice area.

The dunes are bordered on the east side by the Alamo canal and feature scattered tamarisk trees. Due to hot desert temperatures, the best time to visit is in the late fall, winter or spring. An 8 foot whip is required on all vehicles.

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Nearest CityHeber, CA
Address1610 E Heber Road, Holtville, CA 92250
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From: El Centro, CA
1) Take I-8 east to exit 125
2) Turn right (south) off the exit ramp onto Hwy 7, continue about 3 miles
3) Turn right (west) on Heber Road, continue .25 miles
4) Park entrance is on the left (south).


LandState Recreation


Prossome vegetation in the dunes, dedicated novice area, new restrooms and shade ramadas being added
Consrelatively small area
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
day use only
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenDaily 8am-5pmCA 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
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)
Some AreasCA 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
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areasno ground fires
Night RidingNo
Cross CountrySome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementSome
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
CommentDrones and unmanned aerial systems are prohibited.


ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


Contact InfoVic Herrick (Supervising Ranger)
Heber Dunes SVRA
1610 E Heber Road, Holtville
Holtville, CA 92250
(760) 768-8982
(760) 767-5391


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Climate Typedunes with vegetation
Elevation0 to 100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis dune area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe dune area has little hard pack terrain.Little
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 some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis dune area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe dune area has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis dune area has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe dune area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis dune area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis dune area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe dune area has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
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 some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state recreation area has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis state recreation area has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis dune area has few hazards.Few(hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis dune area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis dune area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis dune area has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NW)El Centro Regional Medical Center (760) 339-7100
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)7-11 (760) 768-1600
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)7-11 (760) 768-1600
Potable Water WaterOn Sitedrinking fountains provided, no hookups or water spigots
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Desert Trails RV Park and Golf Course (760) 352 - 7275
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Desert Trails RV Park and Golf Course (760) 352 - 7275
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (NW)Salton Sea Recreation Area (760) 393-3052 or (760) 393-3059
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)7-11 (760) 768-1600
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (NW)Salton Sea Recreation Area (760) 393-3052 or (760) 393-3059
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (E)Alamo River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Salton Sea Recreation Area Boat Ramp (760) 393-3052 or (760) 393-3059
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