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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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San Diego
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107 reviews 107 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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236 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
46 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
43 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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253 reviews 253 reviews
88 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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