Sand Dunes - Imperial Sand Dunes

Imperial Sand Dunes, CA:

Imperial Sand Dunes, CA

Contact Information

Phone: (760) 337-4400


Mammoth Wash: 10 miles southeast of Niland on the Niland/Glamis Road.
Glamis: 25 miles east of Brawley on State Highway 78.
Gordons Well: 15 miles west of Yuma, AZ, north of Highway 8.
Buttercup Valley: 15 miles west of Yuma, AZ, south of Highway 8.

Area Information

Mammoth Wash has approx. 8,000 acres of riding area. Glamis and Gordons Well combined consist of approx. 110,000 acres. Buttercup Valley is approx. 7,700 acres. Mammoth Wash has moderately high, soft rolling dunes with some good bowls and sharp razors. The Mammoth Wash and Ogilby areas are both primitive and isolated with no facilities whatsoever. Glamis, Gordons Well, and Buttercup contain high, smooth rolling dunes with big bowls, steep faces, and occasional razorbacks, all contained in an area that's perfect for all types of vehicles. Glamis and Gordons Well are both primitive with BLM vault toilets situated in various areas. Glamis Beach Store is located on Highway 78 on the east side of the dunes. Gecko Road (west of Glamis, near Cahuilla Ranger Station) and Buttercup have paved access with designated camping pads and vault toilets. Cahuilla Ranger Station is located on the corner of Gecko Rd. and Hwy. 78, toward the west side of the dunes. OHV registration is required, as are whip antennae, and an adequate muffler and spark arrester. Be sure to visit the BLM web-site for a complete list of the rules and regulations. There is also a weekly fee to use the area which is charged for each visitor's primary vehicle (which should be purchased in advance of arriving at the ISDRA), and annual permits are also available. ISDRA permits are available through the BLM web-site or from various vendors, as well as businesses that offer services and sell parts. BLM can also provide more information about obtaining the riding area permits, as well as provide visitors with safety information and GPS coordinates for popular locations within the Imperial Dunes. It is also suggested that you pack all of your trash back home with you. We've featured these riding areas in our March/April and May/June 2007 issues, as well as the September/October 2011 issue.

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