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Imperial Sand Dunes

Niland, CA
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Niland
Type: Deserts
Activities: Driving
Traveler Description: Imperial Sand Dunes are a great place to visit in southern California as they have the tallest dunes in Califorina at up to 400 feet tall.  The park... more »
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Gilberdyke
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404 reviews 404 reviews
236 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The main reason to visit the dunes is to watch the off-track motor bikes and single-seat four-wheelers charging up and down the slopes. The art work on many of the machines is really impressive. Real labours of love, to be sure. But all of that is at the expense of the solitude that comes with wildlife habitats, bird watching and... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stopped at the Osborne overlook on Hwy 78. It was a weekday so there were only a few 4-wheelers out on the dunes. Despite high winds we were able to get some magnificent photos, both with and without vehicles in the shot. North of Hwy 78 there is a protected area: the North Algodones Wilderness Dunes with a Wildlife... More

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Portland, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Leave it to good ol 'Mericans to make an absolute beautiful natural scenery into a virtual NASCAR play park. If you like loud four wheel vehicles, 10,000 RVs and camouflage gear this is the place for you! If you like nature in its unspoiled beauty, then you'll need to drive beyond this area to another state park.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Follow all the posted rules! Beautiful landscapes unlike anything else you've ever seen! Climbing one dune will definitely give you exercise & they go on for miles and miles. Definitely bring a water bottle!!!!

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Tucson, Arizona
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134 reviews 134 reviews
39 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

When we first drove from Tucson to San Diego in the summer of 1999 right after we moved here, we were amazed at the impossible terrain. First you encounter the Sonoran Desert Monument on the way to Gila Bend. Then you encounter mountains in the shape of sleeping giants on the way to Yuma. But the wildest thing of all... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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226 reviews 226 reviews
80 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

There aren't many places one may view a Sahara type sand desert, this is one of them and certainly worth a drive through, very picturesque to see. This area can be hazardous though if not careful, stopped at a rest area up on a hill in my rental car, and nearly got stuck where i thought it was safe to... More

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Yuma, AZ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Great place for playing with the sand toys but take care and follow all common sense safety rules!

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Yuma, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Bring a camera & toys to ride! But look out for other drivers. Winter is the time to go, but holiday weekends especially can get SUPER crowded. Still fun though!

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Yuma, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Wide open sandbox. Great place to spend the day or weekend. Also great for early morning or late afternoon photographs.

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Yuma, A
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Even if you don't camp, they will let you go in to take pictures. I was really cool seeing the sand and hills. If you go back far enough, you can see the Mexican Border fence. Also, don't visit without seeing the remnants of the wooden road about three miles in. This road was required so people could drive through... More

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