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Kermit Sand Dunes

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Kermit Sand Hills, Kermit Sandhills, The Dunes at Kermit

Last Known StatusClosed

This large dune area at one time offered 700 acres to explore but is now closed and no longer open for riding. The area was very popular with ATVs due to the numerous small flat dunes and handful of side trails. The area had an eastern and western staging area, each with primitive camping and some basic amenities. Whip flags were required and some fees where charged to camp and ride.

This listing will remain up to dispel rumurs and to help prevent a wasted trip. Nearby dune areas that are still open for riding include Red Sands (El Paso, Texas), Red Sands (Alamogordo, New Mexico), Hackberry Lake and Mescalero Sand Dunes.

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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenClosed
Spark ArrestorNoA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is not required but is always recommended.
Noise LimitNo
Whip FlagsYes (96 inches)Whip Flags Required For Safety
required on all ATVs except dirt bikes and drag quads
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesProhibited
MX Helmet RequiredCertain Areasrequired on the drag strip
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Rule Enforcement
CommentLicensed motor vehicles such as cars, Jeeps and pickups are not permitted off the parking area.


Approx Size16,000 acres (25 sq mi)
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2995 to 3025 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
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 no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis dune area has no rocks.None
TreesThe dune area has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis dune area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe dune area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis dune area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis dune area has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe dune area has no berms.None
Single TrackThis private land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis private land has no roads.None
Rider TrafficThe private land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis private land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis private land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.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 little expert terrain.Little


AreaOff-Road Dunes
LandPrivately Owned / Commercial


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)Kent Kwik Convenience Store (432) 586-6030
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)Kent Kwik Convenience Store (432) 586-6030
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (SE)Monahans Sandhills State Park (432) 943-2092
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Siteelectric hookups
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (SE)Monahans Sandhills State Park (432) 943-2092
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (SE)Monahans Sandhills State Park (432) 943-2092
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Allsup's Convenience Store (432) 586-5015


RidingYes ($10.00 per rider)
Dunes at Kermit Fees
Tent: $5.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Dunes at Kermit Fees


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityKermit, TX
Address9948 hwy 115 Kermit, TX 79745
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Dune MapGo To Dune Map
From: Kermit, TX
1) Take SR-18 North 3.5 miles
2) Turn right (east) on FM-874, continue 5.3 miles
3) Turn left (north) on CR-301, follow to dunes.



Kermit Dune Area Photo

Kermit Sand Dunes Dune Area

Photo Submitted 10/6/2013 (Thanks!)

Kermit Dune Area Photo

Suzuki ATV with Pro Elite front bumper.

Photo Submitted 10/6/2013 (Thanks!)

Kermit Dune Area Photo

Polaris side by side with orange safety flag parked on top of sand dune.

Photo Submitted 3/30/2014 (Thanks!)

Kermit Dune Area Photo

ATV jump from sand dune.

Photo Submitted 4/15/2014 (Thanks!)

Kermit Dune Area Photo

Two men sitting on a blue Yamaha Banshee and black Suzuki ATV.

Photo Submitted 4/15/2014 (Thanks!)

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