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Official websites use. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. for up-to-date information on changes to office hours, facilities and services in California in response to coronavirus COVID While the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area ISDRA remains open, it is important visitors are responsible and protect themselves and others from the virus by observing safe mitigation measures. Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state. Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dune system extends for more than 40 miles in a band averaging 5 miles wide.
Dunes often reach heights of feet above the desert floor, providing outstanding opportunities for recreation. A favorite place for off-highway vehicle OHV enthusiasts, the dunes also offer fabulous scenery, opportunities for solitude, and a home to rare plants and animals.
With most of the off-road action taking place in the recreation area south of Highway 78, the open areas allow all types of vehicle recreation. Limited areas surround the dunes require vehicles to travel on deated routes.
Closed areas prohibit motorized vehicle use entirely.
Information and maps for all of these areas are available at the ranger stations. The North Algodones Dunes Wilderness offers a tranquil alternative to the fast-paced action of the main dunes. This wilderness encompasses more than 26, acres, with the largest and tallest dunes located in the central area. Visitors are welcome to walk or ride horses in this remote area.
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The wilderness is closed to all vehicles and mechanized use. Permits are required from October 1 through April 15 each year. Buy your weekly or season permits online. Visiting the Imperial Sand Dunes?
Before you go, make sure you know the Rules and Regulations. The BLM is committed to providing safe and responsible outdoor recreation opportunities. Are Oldsmobile and the other gathering spots open?
The BLM is committed to providing safe and responsible outdoor recreation opportunities to include the implementation of emergency closures in high-risk areas due to crowding or other factors. Should COVID related conditions change, BLM staff will remain flexible and will work with the county to address any resurgence of cases, or improvements in conditions, in the local area.
Will permits be required if parts of the dunes are closed? Yes, permits are required throughout the season because BLM services will continue to be provided to include road clearing, campground maintenance, trash collection, law enforcement, and emergency medical services despite any possible future partial closures.
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Will there be vendors? Will there be any impact to services restrooms, trash, camping access, permit sales, law enforcement? The BLM anticipates no impacts to trash, camping access, permit sales or law enforcement.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to plan accordingly and bring hand sanitizer as restrooms do not have running water. Could I get a ticket for not wearing a mask or not social distancing? BLM law enforcement and Imperial County Sheriffs will support the laws and requirements regarding the wear of face coverings and social distancing.
BLM strongly encourages safety and responsible recreation. Imperial Sand Dunes.
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Overview Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state. Fees and Permits Permits are required from October 1 through April 15 each year. Quicklinks Imperial Sand Dunes.