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Year-round res­i­dents in Yuma, as well as thou­sands of vis­i­tors from out of town, are drawn by the offroading and camp­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties af­forded them in the wide open spa­ces of the Im­pe­rial Sand Dunes Recre­ation Area each win­ter.

Lo­cated west of Yuma and east of the Im­pe­rial Val­ley agri­cul­tural re­gion, ISDRA con­tains the largest in­land sand dunes in the United States, ex­tend­ing in a five-mile wide strip over 40 miles from north to south.

In all, there will be about 165,000 acres open to off-high­way ve­hi­cle use (OHV) in the 2017-18 sea­son.

The north­ern­most area, Mam­moth Wash, al­lows off-high­way ve­hi­cle use in an iso­lated en­vi­ron­ment, although of­froad­ers will see more of that area closed off in the up­com­ing dun­ing sea­son.

The North Al­go­dones Dunes Wilder­ness Area is found south of Mam­moth Wash and is closed to all mo­tor ve­hi­cles, although it is ac­ces­si­ble by foot or on horse­back.Duners in the But­ter­cup area will see a re­duc­tion in ar­eas open for off-high­way ve­hi­cle use,although duners in the Glamis and Gecko ar­eas will see an in­crease in ar­eas open for OHV use. Duners in the Gor­dons Well ar­eas will see a re­duced area for OHV use, owing to ef­forts to pro­tect na­tive plant species.


Park­ing north of High­way 78 off of the Glamis-Ni­land Road pro­vides ac­cess to a watch­able wildlife area.The Os­borne Over­look in this area pro­vides scenic views of both the wildlife area and the un­re­stricted por­tion of the dunes open to mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles.


Ve­hi­cle camp­ing is per­mit­ted in all ar­eas open to ve­hi­cle use.All ar­eas of­fer park­ing pads, toi­lets and trash fa­cil­i­ties. The two main camp­ing ar­eas are:

• But­ter­cup, Mid­way and Gray’s Well off In­ter­state-8.

• Gecko and Road­run­ner along Gecko Road south of Hwy 78.


Per­mits are needed to be present legally any­where in the ISDRA and its one-mile plan­ning area bound­ary.This in­cludes, but is not lim­ited to, But­ter­cup, Gecko Road, Glamis, Gor­dons Well/ Duneb­uggy Flats, Mam­moth Wash, Ogilby, Os­borne, along both sides of the Coachella Canal and Ted Kipf Road.

One per­mit is needed per pri­mary ve­hi­cle.A pri­mary ve­hi­cle is any streetle­gal ve­hi­cle used for trans­porta­tion to the recre­ation site.A per­mit is re­quired at all times while in the fee area, must be promi­nently dis­played and may be re­quired to exit the area.

The per­mit is re­quired im­me­di­ately upon ar­rival at the recre­ation area.There is a dis­count if pur­chased be­fore ar­rival at the dunes.Weekly per­mits,good for seven con­sec­u­tive days upon en­try,are also avail­able.


• Sea­sonal, $150

• Weekly per­mit, $35 for off-site use and $50 for on-site use.

Per­mits are avail­able from fee col­lec­tion sta­tions at ISDRA and from var­i­ous dune-area ven­dors. Weekly per­mits can­not be up­graded to sea­sonal sta­tus.Per­mits will not be re­placed if lost or stolen.

If war­ranted un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer may re­voke a per­mit or evict par­ties tem­po­rar­ily or for the sea­son.To avoid such ac­tions, duners are en­cour­aged to ad­here to all laws while re­cre­at­ing at ISDRA.If a per­mit has been re­voked, the pur­chaser will not be re­funded.

For more in­for­ma­tion about ISDRA, log on­to­ en/fo/el­cen­tro/recre­ation/ohvs/ isdra.html or call the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment El Cen­tro Of­fice at 760-337-4400.

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