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Heber Dunes SVRA

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

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

Last Known StatusOpen

This small dune area is open daily during daylight hours. 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 scattered tamarisk trees can be found throughout the area. Due to hot desert temperatures, the best time to visit is in the late fall through early spring. An 8 foot whip is required on all vehicles.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenMarch 1 through October 31 - 7am-7pm; November 1 through Feb 28 - 7am-5pmCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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)Whip Flags Required For Safety
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
no ground fires
Night RidingNoriding permitted during daylight hours
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule EnforcementYesDedicated Rangers/Officers
On-Site Office/Station
CommentDrones and unmanned aerial systems are prohibited.


AreaMotorized Trails, Off-Road Dunes
LandState Recreation
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
Max Engine Size80 cc Max
Min Engine Size50 cc Min
CommentYouth Track




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
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Nearest CityHeber, CA
Address1610 E Heber Road, Holtville, CA 92250
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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).


Contact InfoVic Herrick (Supervising Ranger)
Heber Dunes SVRA
1610 E Heber Road, Holtville
Holtville, CA 92250
(760) 768-8982
(760) 768-3198


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Heber Dunes SVRA OHV Area

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Approx Size343 acres (1 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail2
Climate TypeDunes With Vegetation
Elevation25 to 50 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis OHV area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe OHV area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis OHV area has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe OHV area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis OHV area has many small jumps.Many
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe OHV 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 OHV 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 OHV area has few hazards.Few(hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)GasTrak (760) 357-8496
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (N)USA Gasoline (760) 356-5269
Potable Water WaterOn Sitedrinking fountains provided, no hookups or water spigots
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Country Life RV Park (760) 353-1040
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Country Life RV Park (760) 353-1040
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (NW)Salton Sea Recreation Area (760) 393-3052 or (760) 393-3059
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)GasTrak (760) 357-8496
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