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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

5774 Ben Hulse Highway, Brawley, California 92227 USA

Free to Visit
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Wifi
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“perfect for OHV enthusiasts”

Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state. Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dune system extends for more than 40 miles in a band averaging 5 miles wide. Largely known as a favorite location for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, the dunes also offer fabulous scenery, opportunities for solitude, and a home to rare plants and animals.

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October 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

Have you always wanted to visit the Sahara Desert? Now you can...but not in Sahara...just in California!!

This place is just fantastic and unbelievably deserted!!! Rare cactus plants can be seen at the area, the scenery is fantastic and I would never regret visiting this place!

So different from the rest..you almost feel you are in another planet!!

Fantastic for all the family members...you can all play in the sand..just grab some water with you!

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March 13, 2022
Rated 4.0

The scenery itself makes this place a must see if you are in the area. We stayed at the dunes for a few nights in January while on a roadtrip. It wasn't too crowded, but I could see this place getting packed in the warmer months. Some of the folks were quiets and kept to themselves. Others were very loud with little regard for their fellow neighbors. (Revving their OHVs in the early morning and late at night, setting off fireworks and an excessive amount of littering)

Regardless, for a FREE (yes free) place to park and camp overnight, it was one of our favorite locations. Truly stunning and otherworldly.

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December 24, 2021
Rated 3.0

The area itself is really cool but be warned that there are a ton of Trump supporters here that are hostile and aggressive to outsiders. Definitely disappointing.

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Kiley Quan

  • 4 Reviews
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March 25, 2020

This place is incredible, and makes you feel like you are on an entire different planet!

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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

5774 Ben Hulse Highway
Brawley, California
92227 USA

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