This is one of the most popular riding destinations in Nevada featuring one main dune (about 600 feet), and a number of smaller dunes. There are also a handful of marked side trails but the overall area is fairly small.
Whip flags are mandatory and there are two types of passes that can be purchased; the weekly pass which runs about $40.00 per OHV and is good for 7 days, and the annual pass which is about $90.00. All visitors are required to pay at least a use fee, regardless if they bring an OHV or not and there is an on-site fee station which will accept cash (exact change only) or check. Note, that the last time we checked, daily passes were not available, so you may have to pay for all 7 days to ride just one, but Tuesdays and Wednesdays are free so if you can hit this place mid week it is a bargain.
There are no other services except for the vault toilets and summer weekends are crowded (5,000 ATVs - one main dune). Quiet hours are from 12am - 6am and alcoholic beverages, firearms and glass containers are prohibited. If you like dunes keep in mind that there are three other sand dune areas in remote areas of Nevada (Tonopah Dunes, Amargosa Dunes, and Winnemucca Sand Dunes) some of which are larger, free, and every bit as fun.
From: Fallon, NV
1) Take Hwy 50 east about 25 miles
2) Turn left (north) on a dirt access road (Note: Sand Mountain can be clearly seen from the highway)
3) Continue about 2 miles toward Sand Mountain.
TYPE OF AREA
plenty of sand dunes, Tuesdays & Wednesdays are free days
entry fees are steep, no services, very popular during the summer & three day weekends