Imperial Sand Dunes
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These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.
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d l
Baker, LA56 contributions
Feb 2021
Very un real here. If you are near the area you visit this place it is beyond words. It is a must that you go here. We took some amazing images here. Some were published see my Instagram (Beyondhorizonsphotography) if you're interested in what can be done here. There were some guys on motorized vehicles that you did have to watch out for.
Written January 22, 2022
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Jadranka P
London, UK543 contributions
Nov 2021
The Imperial Sand Dunes, sometimes called the Algodones Dunes, are the largest mass of sand dunes in California.
The view is stunning and if you have time you can experience all-terrain vehicle riding. There is a number of shops in the area that will rent 4-wheelers and dune buggies to the public.
Written May 9, 2022
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flosventure
Arizona147 contributions
Oct 2020
I've passed them quite often so I thought I should stop there. I just chilled on the dunes and took some pictures. It's a great place for some really amazing shots! If you only want to take pictures and stay 1h or less, you can park there for free and walk around for free, they seem to be pretty lenient. For more, you obviously have to purchase pass. It is definitely a really great desert experience!
Written October 26, 2020
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Moo1966
Seattle, WA55 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
These sand dunes seem to just come out of now where, and are just beautiful. We dont have ATV’s but there were several people riding around. The southern ranger station (Buttercup, off I-8)) seems to be permanently closed, don’t know about the northern one. There were several RV’s at the camping area, and plenty of room for everyone to camp and play with their “toys”. We read about the Plank Road, which was very interesting. For us, it was just a short rest stop off I-8, but I can see why people would stay for a while and camp here.
Written February 2, 2020
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Robert H
Scottsdale, AZ1,233 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Breathtaking. Hot, stunning. Majestic. This was our first time. But so much to see. And we just did a half hour. But I could have spent a bit more time. But unfortunately the heat is no joke. Have water, and a cool place to cool down afterwards. Worth the time worth the visit.
Written September 19, 2021
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CarrollZahn
San Diego274 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
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 Overlook. Maybe I was just lucky. The dunes on route 78, about 5 miles west of Glamis, CA are quite spectacular and you can park at the paved overlook and walk out on the dunes with a wide view.

It turns out that both sites are part of the same very long dune that stretches from Yuma to the northeast. Some of the reviews of this site are for route 78 and some are from I-8. Others I cannot tell. I am writing this review in hopes of clearing up the confusion. Niland, CA is just west of the route 78 site, although Glamis, CA is closer. The other site is near Yuma. I hope this helps some tourists who would like to see the dunes without the ATVs. The route 78 location is probably quieter and it is only a two hour detour from Interstate 8.
Written August 8, 2014
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Lise A
Apple Valley, MN32 contributions
Feb 2019
My husband and I drove here on a day trip from Palm springs (about 2 hours) to see the dunes, based on positive reviews we read here and elsewhere. We stopped at the visitor center to ask for a map and get some info. The two people at the desk were unhelpful. The entrance fee was $50; we purchased reluctantly .Unlike Red Rocks in Nevada (also Bureau of Land Management), a national park pass is not valid her. What they don't make clear is that the pass allows you to drive down a short paved road to see many of huge RVs and off-road vehicles. And that's it. Unless you have a four-wheel drive you cannot access the other parts of the park. Drive 5 minutes OUT of the park on a public road and you get to an overview spot to see the dunes. The map shows a road on the "quiet" part of the dunes, but it's dirt/sand, you can't tell how far it goes or where it exits. We went back to the center and were given what sounds like a line they had repeated many, many times before :" I can call my supervisor, but she is off-site, and no one has ever gotten a refund". Beware!!!! What a disappointment. We are not rookie travelers but this was nuts. I imagine if you have the right vehicle this might be fun (I had hoped to see the 300 foot sand dunes). Also, I get that the people who ride there really enjoy it, but most of them have generators, they allow large campfires, and there's a lot of fuel being consumed. I wonder how much "management" is really going on versus making a ton of profit.....
Written March 19, 2019
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Jerry C
Portland, ME18 contributions
Leave it to good ol 'Mericans to make an absolute beautiful natural scenery into a virtual NASCAR play park. If you like loud four wheel vehicles, 10,000 RVs and camouflage gear this is the place for you! If you like nature in its unspoiled beauty, then you'll need to drive beyond this area to another state park.
Written February 16, 2014
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Erica M
32 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
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, and great for taking pictures of the scenery and aesthetic photos of yourself/couples. Be aware that people on four wheelers, motor bikes etc will be riding around the dunes. There is a spot where tourist can walk into there dunes, up on the overlook. Bring a sled, it will be useful for sliding down the hills, if you're into the kind of thing. Depending on how far you want to go out, there will be a lot of climbing as well, so keep that in mind. And you defiantly will get sand in your clothes.
Written December 31, 2018
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Nikki4765
California129 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Returning next month for the (I've lost count how many times I've been there) umpteenth time. Best place on earth to ride quads but please respect nature and take care of it for future generations. Leave it cleaner than when you get there.
Hours and hours of endlessly beautiful riding. NAtree at it's best
Written December 4, 2016
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