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Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Other Names

Lost Forest, Fossil Lake

Last Known StatusOpen

This area (open year-round) mainly consists of medium sized dunes with some fun sand bowls. The main access roads are largely un-maintained and these roads can also be very muddy in the spring so 4WD is recommended.

Nearby Fossil Lake (a 6,500 acre dry lake) is off-limits to OHV use but has prehistoric post-ice age fossils such as camels and mammoths. Visitors should note there is private land surrounding the dunes and the Lost Forest. Respect land owners by not cutting any trees for firewood, carry out what you bring in and respect your fellow users. The right to use private property is a privilege and will remain open as long as people respect it.

Frequent visitors to dune areas like this might consider using a Sand Snake or something similar for motorcycles, or Sedona Cyclones for ATVs. Failure to use a paddle tire in deep sand can result in overheating and cause unnecessary damage to your motor.

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Permit RequiredYesOregon ATV Permit stickers required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesAn operating permit issued for another state will be honored, but only if the issuing state also honors Oregon operating permits. (As of October 1, 2021, Oregon no longer honors stickers from Washington.) (AZ, CA, ID, IN, MO, NV, PA, SC, UT, VT)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsYes (108 inches)Whip Flags Required For Safety
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedOregon ATV Permit stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibited
Rule Enforcement


AreaOff-Road Dunes




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityChristmas Valley, OR
AddressLost Forest Road, Christmas Valley, OR 97641
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Dune MapGo To Dune Map
From: Christmas Valley, OR
1) Take Christmas Valley-Wagontire Road east about 8 miles
2) Turn left (north) on CR-5-14D/Fossil Lake Road, continue 8 miles
3) Turn right (east) on CR-5-14E/Lost Forest Road, continue about 11 miles toward the dunes.


Contact InfoBLM - Lakeview Office
1301 S. "G" St
Lakeview, OR 97630
(541) 947-2177
Contact InfoChristmas Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 65
Christmas Valley, OR 97641
(541) 576-3838
Contact InfoOregon State Parks Online Store
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
(800) 551-6949


Christmas Valley Dune Area Photo

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes Dune Area

Photo Submitted 12/15/2011 (Thanks!)

Christmas Valley Dune Area Photo

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes Dune Area

Photo Submitted 2/16/2020 (Thanks!)

Christmas Valley Dune Area Photo

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes Dune Area

Photo Submitted 2/16/2020 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size8,900 acres (14 sq mi)
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4300 to 4400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis dune area has little loose dirt.Little
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 little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe dune area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis dune area has no rocks.None
TreesThe dune area has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis dune area has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis dune area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis dune area has some large jumps.Some
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis dune area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
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 no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (SW)Chevron
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SW)Chevron
Potable Water WaterChristmas Valley, OR
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SW)Ana Reservoir RV Park (541) 943-3240
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (SW)Ana Reservoir RV Park (541) 943-3240
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (SW)Sagewood Grocery (541) 576-2500
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