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Imperial Sand Dunes

Address: Niland, CA
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Niland
Type: Deserts, Nature & Parks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.
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Type: Deserts, Nature & Parks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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
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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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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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89 reviews 89 reviews
56 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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25 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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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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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