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Address: Niland, CA
Activities: Driving
Description: These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.

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Beautiful to see

I really wish I had time to explore the dunes in a sand rail instead of just driving thru in a car. They are so beautiful and I loved the different looks depending on the time of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Ellice F
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I really wish I had time to explore the dunes in a sand rail instead of just driving thru in a car. They are so beautiful and I loved the different looks depending on the time of day and wind patterns.

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Ghent, Belgium
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459 reviews 459 reviews
51 attraction reviews
320 helpful votes 320 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This could be one of the most beautiful places on earth ... if somebody cared. No preservation of nature, but exploitation for noisy tourists on their special machines for making the most dangerous jumps and curves. Really a shame. But it remains impressive.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Rode my Can Am Maverick side-by-side at the dunes, nothing like it! Sand dunes as far as you can see!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

An amazing natural phenomenon and quite spectacular to view from the one and only "high" view point we came across. We stopped at the Ranger Station just off of I8 first. The Ranger was very polite and informative and we set off under her guidance. Where the site is amazing, I thought there was way too much access and use... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is really something to see. I was by the highway 8 at the south of the Dunes. It really worth your time to hop off the highway and go walk this place for yourself. It could be lots of toys roaming around but I was lucky to be in a quiet time. Bring some water as it`s fair exercice... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
68 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Imperial Dunes are beautiful. The hot desert sun shines on the wind blown sand, creating sparkles of light everywhere. It's like a giant sand box for adults where you can walk, hike, ride ATVs, camp, and simply enjoy the beauty. The dunes take up a large geographic area, spanning 40 miles in one direction. Some dunes stand 400 feet... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Looking at the Dunes, one is mesmerized not only by the size and beauty of them, but the surreal feeling you get. Created by the wind and ever-changing, the Dunes are certainly worth searching out if the adventurous spirit is in your blood.

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San Diego
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117 reviews 117 reviews
26 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I have been to the Osborne Overlook at the top of the dunes on route 78 on three occasions, most recently in July 2014. I have also passed the dunes on the north side of Interstate 8 in California just west of Yuma. There is almost always ATV activity on I-8, but I have never seen ATVs at the Osborne... More 

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Gilberdyke
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515 reviews 515 reviews
298 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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