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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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Like something out of the Middle East !!!

I drove hours to see this place. The dunes seem to go on forever. While it doesn't exactly compare to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, the golden sand is amazing. As a matter of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
Nicholas H
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I drove hours to see this place. The dunes seem to go on forever. While it doesn't exactly compare to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, the golden sand is amazing. As a matter of fact, they are known as the Algodones Sand Dunes because of the Spanish referring to the area with what they thought the name of the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

In the spots where you can't see dune buggies, you might expect to see Laurence of Arabia riding over the far dune. Amazing wind swept dunes.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 339 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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87 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 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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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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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Address: Niland, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Niland

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