Dune lovers rejoice! It’s that time of year to dust off the paddle tires and hit the sand! Check out a few of the best places in the country to tear it up on desert terrain.
Thanksgiving weekend kicked off dunes season in Southern California’s Glamis Sand Dunes. Located south of Brawley, Calif. and formally known as the Imperial Sand Dunes, it attracts thousands of off-road enthusiasts gathering on everything from dirt bikes to ATVs/UTVs to sand rails.
As the largest off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreational sand dunes in the U.S., Glamis spans 40 miles long and averages 5 miles wide. It not only attracts locals, but people from across the country to experience their splendor.
North of Baker, Calif., is an area of the Mojave Desert containing large sand dunes, known as Dumont Dunes. Bordered by the Amargosa River and steep volcanic hills, Dumont is another sand-enthusiast playground.
Formerly known as Pismo Beach, the Oceano Sand Dunes are the last remaining coastal sand dunes open to OHVs in California. Located south of San Luis Obispo, this 1,500-acre sand playland features both dunes and beach riding, and cooler temperatures due to its central-California location.
The Winnemucca Sand Dunes near Winnemucca, NV, is the largest dune field in the state. Although the dunes do not reach heights of more than 100 feet, they span almost 40 miles giving you plenty of room to carve the sand.