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Address: East out of Brawley about 20 mile, Niland, CA
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These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.

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Out of this world

There's two sections - the south side is for off road vehicles. The north side is closed off to vehicles, so you can wander without risk of getting run over. If you are in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's two sections - the south side is for off road vehicles. The north side is closed off to vehicles, so you can wander without risk of getting run over. If you are in the area, this is definitely worthy of a side trip as there aren't many places comparable to this. Just be careful where you drive. The visitor... More 

Thank 0garibaldi0
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66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here on a motorcycle ride. This place is amazing the amount of sand and dunes you can see. The sand looks so smooth and fine. You can see sand rails, quads, and motorcycles cruising around. Need place to stop and see.

Thank Ryan Becky J
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glamis sand dunes is the very best place in the world for family recreation. If your up to riding dirt bikes,ATV's, Sand rail cars,camping with a bunch of your freinds sitting around the camp fire at night having a great time. It does not get any better than this if you have the toys to enjoy it !

Thank Mike R
Cool, California
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the south end dunes right off of the 8 freeway. Dunes ranged from small beginner to advanced with deep bowls. Awesome in the winter. A must visit with sand toys with paddle tires. If you just want to check it out, watch people try to climb competition hill, viewable from the rest area on highway 8.

1 Thank Sage C
Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

First of all, this place is huge. We went to just the Buttercup area and could have spent all day there. The main portion is north of the 8 freeway. It is primarily used by motorcycles and dune buggies, but we went in a mostly stock Jeep Wrangler. There is plenty of hard packed sand near the freeway where you... More 

2 Thank Brbnkseaj
Los Angeles
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Going to the sand dunes, you pass through agricultural fields, then through desert and scrub brush, and then you find yourself surrounded by sand and virtually no vegetation. The dunes are beautiful. We never found the visitor center (not convinced it exists) and, unfortunately, the part of the dunes that are protected from dune buggies did not seem accessible. Nonetheless,... More 

Thank thehighroad
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83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The Imperial Sand Dunes are located in the Southeast corner of California. RV'ers camp out while riding up and down the colossal white sand dunes. The Butternut location is right off of I-8. There are countless steep inclines and space for thousands to ride and compete. Bring your motorcycle, ATV,custom dune buggie, Polaris, John Deere and enjoy. Small charge for... More 

Thank Leo H
Leicester, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This place is amazing, well worth a stop. The views from the rest area are truly spectacular. When we visited was not another sole about. Really peaceful. Great stop if you are passing nearby.

1 Thank Richard T
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The shifting sands are magnificient. These wonderful dunes may be accessed from Interstate 8 on the South end of the dunes close to the border with Mexico, or via California highway 78 which cuts through the middle of the dunes. If you want to drive into and on the dunes, you will need a pass which can be bought at... More 

1 Thank 2011Traveler7
Temecula, California
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Amazing place for a day trip or even for stay. We visited this place with our friends. We had rented a sand buggy. So much fun. We would definitely go back here to watch the night sky. Being the darkest place in California the night sky would be awesome to see.

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