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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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Great place to visit

Its a great place to visit during the Thanksgiving. Nice weather and convenient. There are lots, lots people come and can see many different kinds of cars on the sand.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
dlx1962
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a great place to visit during the Thanksgiving. Nice weather and convenient. There are lots, lots people come and can see many different kinds of cars on the sand.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the dunes to work on a photography project. Beautiful scenery without a lot of people. I'm sure it can get pretty busy on the weekends though. Watch out for speedy dune buggies!

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Beaumont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The Dunes are so beautiful and are well-fenced from off-road vehicles. I've see them in the early morning and after the sun goes down. Can't decide which is prettier.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Being from the east coast you don't see things like this. Nice visit, quiet and definitely nobody there!!! Not really a hidden gem but it seems most people admire from afar. Get out your car and go for a walk. This can't be missed. Close to Yuma

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Personally I liked the Monday in August. Not too many cars, just single visitors. It was hot in the 107ish and there were medium sandstorms. Great for photography!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Drove from San Diego to Wickenburg, AZ with my family of 4x. Decided well in advance to take the 'road less travelled'. This place was a fantastic surprise to my young girls (age 7 & 11). They loved playing on these massive sand dunes. We could had stayed there much longer, but had to hit the road at an hour.... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016

Definitely worth the drive out here. Also known as the "Glamis Dunes" or the "Algodones Dunes", this is a huge area of pristine sand dunes, which are fun for driving ATVs or even just walking through. I didn't do the ATV ride, that looks like a -lot- of fun. Highway 78 goes right through it, and there is a highway... More 

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Somerset, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

The dunes were massive and especially beautiful from a distance late in the day. The pink coloring of the sand against the blue sky was amazing. Weekends and holidays are crowded and often dangerous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Great place! Rented ATVs and spent the best 2 hours in the sun and sand! Can't wait to do this again maybe camping for a different experience,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Quite a workout, but very fun to climb and see the surrounding country. It's a wonderful excuse to get out of the car and get some exercise if you happen to be on the nearby stretch of highway. Watch out for dune buggies. They hunt in packs and will try to separate you from the herd. I dare you to... More 

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