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Imperial Sand Dunes

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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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Wow. So glad we took the road through this place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2016
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

The Beautiful California Desert! Driving Back in to California from a desert wasteland of Arizona, Us Californians can be thankful that at the end of Interstate 8 is the Pacific Ocean!

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Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Quads, Sandrails, Motorbikes....anything that can travel on sand , and it a great time. Miles and miles of great dunes and terrific camping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

We were on our way from Palm Springs to Yuma and went via the 78 from Brawley to Glamis just to see the dunes. They were absolutely fantastic. The only drawback was you could not stop on the road but we did find a viewpoint from where we could photograph the massive expanse of sand. There were several people on... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

We were just passing through on our way from San Diego to Sedona, but wow, first had experience of the desert. I've seen dunes at the seaside on par with this, but none that are actually desert. It was scorching hot and the sand too hot to walk on! Beautiful none the less. I imagine there are times when the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Glamis is great if you enjoy camping, riding and don't mind getting dirty. We go twice a year and this last year we went on Presidents day weekend. As you can imagine it was super packed but it was still fun. We stayed in the washes and had a blast! Just be sure to take some sort of GPS with... More 

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