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Amargosa Dunes

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Alt Names

Big Dune, Amargosa Valley

Last Known StatusOpen

If you live near Las Vegas and want to catch some big air or just cruise through the bushes over some rolling dunes, you would probably enjoy this place. The crushed grains of quartz and feldspar rock make these dunes firm and easier to navigate without a paddle tire. With lots of small washes and large areas of dispersed vegetation surrounding the area, it's kind of a fun place to set up camp, carve out a little sand track for the kids, let the dog run, and maybe kick back for a BBQ.

The crowds are small (or none) compared to the well known meccas of California like Dumont or Glamis. This place is much smaller, and more similar in size to Sand Mountain in northern Nevada, but without the crowds and fewer regulations. The mountain views are really great, especially from the top of the dunes, and the access road is flat and easy. Bring your own shade and water.

Note: This sand is pretty firm compared to beach sand, but for people who have never ridden dunes before, you should be aware that any type of sand requires a lot of horsepower and can easily overheat your dirt bike or ATV. At areas like this people will often use something like a Sand Snake for motorcycles, or Sedona Cyclones for ATVs.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityAmargosa, NV
AddressValley View Road, Amargosa Valley, NV 89020
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From: Reno, NV
1) Take I-80 E to Alt 50 South
2) Take Alt 50 South to 95 South
3) Take 95 South past Beatty
4) 21 miles south of Beatty turn right (west) on Valley View Blvd.
(gps coords of turn: N36.40.777 W116.32.501)
5) Follow Valley View Blvd. west 2.0 miles
6) Entrance is dirt road on the right
(entrance is marked by red & blue painting/arrows painted on the road).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaDunes
LandBLM

RATINGS

Prosfirm sand, paddle tire not required, large areas, good scenery
variety, open spaces,plenty room to camp & get away from other campers
Consno services, no shade, dry & dusty
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles5
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2500 to 2500 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 little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis dune area has no rocks.None
TreesThe dune area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis dune area has almost all steep hills.All
Water CrossingsThe dune area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis dune area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis dune area has many large jumps.Many
BermsThe dune area has few berms.Few
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 dune area has almost all intersections.All
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Manypopular on weekends
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis dune area has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
high rider traffic, some sand dunes have sharp dropoffs
Easy Terrain NoviceThis dune area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis dune area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis dune area has some expert terrain.Some
Commentnice dunes, firm sand - can get by with new knobby tires - paddle
tire not needed.

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesNVOHV sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot RequiredSafety Flags Recommended
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryPermitted
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementNone
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)
Commentfree/no services

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (NW)Beatty Medical Center (775) 553-2208
Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (NW)Death Valley Nut & Candy Company/Eddie World Gasoline (775) 553-2100
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (NW)Death Valley Nut & Candy Company/Eddie World Gasoline (775) 553-2100
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)potable water
Fort Amargosa RV Park (775) 372-1177
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Fort Amargosa RV Park (775) 372-1177
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Fort Amargosa RV Park (775) 372-1177
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteprimitive camping, no services
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (NW)Death Valley Nut & Candy Company/Eddie World Gasoline (775) 553-2100
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (W)Walker Lake/Sportsmans Beach (775) 885-6000
Body of Water Water Body30+ Miles (NW)Walker Lake/Sportsmans Beach (775) 885-6000
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Walker Lake/Sportsmans Beach (775) 885-6000

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Southern Nevada District Office
4701 North Torrey Pines
Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 515-5000
lvfoweb@nv.blm.gov
www.blm.gov

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Amargosa Dunes Dune Area

Main entrance is marked with a spray painted arrow on the road.

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Scenery at Amargosa Dunes Dune Area

Bring shade and water as there are no services.

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Scenic view at Amargosa Dunes Dune Area

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The sand is mostly firm at the base of the dunes.

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You can catch some big air out here.

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Scenic view of Amargosa Dunes Dune Area

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The dunes can be very tall!

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Scenic view at Amargosa Dunes Dune Area

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OHV doing a wheelie at Amargosa Dunes Dune Area

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Vegetation is sparse and mainly consists of scrub bush.

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