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The Imperial Sand Dunes

Amazing time at the sand dunes! It's a big sandbox for the grown ups and kids. We unfortunately... read more

Reviewed December 30, 2018
Erica M
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Super fun and can work with super signal. We bought eggs and other goodies at the beach store... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2018
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These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.
East out of Brawley about 20 mile, Niland, CA
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Reviewed December 30, 2018

Amazing time at the sand dunes! It's a big sandbox for the grown ups and kids. We unfortunately went on a more windy day so sand was blowing more (in the eyes) but overall a great experience. It is a great places for all ages,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Super fun and can work with super signal. We bought eggs and other goodies at the beach store. Wonderful weekend.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

After miles and miles and miles of the Sonoran Desert, you come upon these sand dunes along route 8 and the sight is amazing. I had visited the sand dunes in Death Valley and these are just as stunning. Had to stop and take pictures,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank jer b
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

I did visit the dunes pretty briefly but I mainly wanted to visit yhe Old Plank Road monument. It was a pretty cool piece of history. Originally saw it on a show on discovery channel, but to see and learn about it in person really...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Most people do not realize there are sand dunes are in California. We have been there a few times with friend and family. The view is majestic. It feels like another world. We were there once at sun set, the colors are fantastic A little...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank 294dannyv
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Following a recent trip to Yuma we drove by the sand dunes and had to stop. We wished we had an ATV to properly enjoy the dunes but instead decided to simply hike up one of the hills. My husband and oldest daughter sat on...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Best dunes in the US. 150,000 plus peeps on the busy weekends allows for an exciting time of riding or camping. Bring your rigs and enjoy.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank davidkO7684YI
Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

We were surprised by these dunes while driving along I-8. They are beautiful from a distance and even more so as you get close. We camped on BLM land a few miles away and went to see the dunes twice. We had a hard time...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank gardener19464
Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

These sand dunes are way prettier than the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. Even though it was an especially windy day, folks were really enjoying 4-wheeling around on the miles of pristine dunes, and they go on for miles. Just beautiful!

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 13, 2018

No amenities other than a few latrines on the railroad road and dumpsters at the entrance for the $35 per weekend fee. However it is the prettiest 40 mile by 5 mile stretch of sand dunes that you will ever see. You can tent camp,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Carolee E
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February 12, 2018|
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December 19, 2017|
Response from lindaleew2017 | Reviewed this property |
There is a Ranger station off of Gecko Rd with parking and pit toilets. Unless you're spending the night camping you'll need a pass. There at the Ranger station they have maps of the area too. One of the most spectacular... More
Kelly B
March 30, 2017|
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Best time to visit the Dunes is Nov to Feb considering the weather and the activities there.
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Michelle H
Imperial Dunes (3 Replies)
Could anyone tell me where to go to get the best pictures of the Imperial Sand Dunes on my way through CA, heading home to MO?
July 12, 2008|
Response fromcolinaz|
My favorite spot is along Highway 78 east of Brawley near Glamis. There's a small viewpoint off the road (you can't park anywhere along on the road on that stretch) that you can park at and walk around. If you're willing to cross 78 and head north, you'll probably get the best shots, but looking south is nice. The area off I-8 (Grays Wells) is much more crowded with ATVs.
Vancouver, Canada
Algodones Dunes/ Imperial Sand Dunes (4 Replies)
Hi, I am planning a trip to the Algodones Dunes/ Imperial Sand Dunes in February and wanted to know: 1. Is there is a place to rent sand boards? 2. Where is the most impressive place to go at the dunes? 3. I have a 6 year old that loves Star Wars and saw that 'tattone' was filmed here. Is there a good picture spot that might be recognized from the movie? Thanks!
February 07, 2017|
Response fromTravelingEgr|
Hello! Not a lot of people in our statewide forum will be able to help you, so your question will quickly become buried again. Maybe re-post in the California Desert forum (https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g65947…). Good luck!