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“We had a ball here!”

Imperial Sand Dunes
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Niland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: These mountains of sand rise 300 feet above the desert floor.
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Even if you don't camp, they will let you go in to take pictures. I was really cool seeing the sand and hills. If you go back far enough, you can see the Mexican Border fence. Also, don't visit without seeing the remnants of the wooden road about three miles in. This road was required so people could drive through the shifting sand. Very interesting experience.

4  Thank chipcouncil
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Love this place been coming here for 20+ years. Whole family loves it from camping to riding. Lots to do and see. Just remember "stupid hurts" Best to go with experienced people to learn the ropes as far as camping and riding go.

3  Thank Midnightsmoker37
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

I stop at the dunes each time I pass through the area. You will appreciate the geometry of the landscape. If you intend to climb up on of the dunes, make sure to put a plastic sack over your feet or wear sandals. You will be in sand up to your ankles at some point. Be mindful of ATV's in the area.

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The sand dunes are huge and quite an anomaly in North America. On long weekends they resemble ant hills with all of the dune buggies racing around. We always take visitors to Yuma to see them ... everyone is always quite amazed. While there you can also see the huge wall being built along the border with Mexico ... and remnants of the original board roadway that first crossed the dunes.

1  Thank snowbirdYuma
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

The imperial sand dunes were a surprise fun day, we had planned to drive through it on a RV trip but ended up stopping and renting a Razr two seater atv for half a day. If you arent afraid of some serious action it was the most intense fun. If you like gocarting and roller coasters, this you have to place on your bucket list. The sand dunes were monstrous, some over 300 feet. The big caution, when your heading south they all look like rounded domes of sand. THEY ARE NOT!!!!. Its all smooth up and a 60 degree vertical drop down! The dune buggies around were unbelievable some with huge 8 cyl engines and straight pipes.

IF YOU GO REMEMBER TO HIT THE DUNES PEAK SQUARE IF YOUR GOING OVER THE SIDE. Nose down if your losing speed.

We ended up getting a permit from the glamis beach store and spent the night in the desert.
If you dont mind a bit of engine noise it was fun. RVs circled with bonfires all around.

If i had my own atv or dune buggy id still be there. The pizza at jeannies above the store is first class. Store is expensive, but they run off a generator, and only survive on duners business, so at least get a tshirt or ten.

3  Thank Spydersi
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