We’re ending the #labordayweekend and #mypubliclandsroadtrip Week 12 with the beautiful Imperial Sand Dunes in California.

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.  Widely known as “Glamis” and a favorite location for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, the dune system consists of three areas.

The northernmost area, known as Mammoth Wash, allows OHV use and offers a more isolated experience. South of Mammoth Wash is the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness. Established in 1994, this area is closed to all mechanized traffic, so access is by foot or on horseback only.  Here you will find endless miles of quiet solitude.

View more photos plus videos on BLM California Flickr.


How many superlatives can you heap on this stunningly extravagant Rolls Royce Phantom II Fixed Head Coupé by Hooper. This chassis will happily accommodate a large Limousine. 7.7 litre ohv engine.


#mypubliclandsroadtrip Watches the Sunset from the Dunes at Hackberry Lake.

The Hackberry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle Use Area offers over 55,000 acres of rolling stabilized dune lands and cliffs, just 20 miles outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico.  The area is open to dune buggies, motorcycles and other OHVs - with scenic views in a family-friendly environment.

CLICK HERE to meet Jesse and JoAnn Perry, BLM volunteers who have visited the area with family for over 30 years.


Watch the sunset from St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho.

Located far from any ocean, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes appears as a rolling sea of sand on the eastern edge of Idaho’s volcanic Snake River Plain. These vast dunes are the largest in Idaho. They blanket an area approximately 35 miles long and 5 wide and range from 50 to 500 feet high. 

This 10,600-acre playground of shifting, white quartz sand is known for its unique beauty and exceptional space for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, hikers and equestrians. Picnicking, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing and camping opportunities are also available. The best time to visit is spring through fall as summer temperatures cause sands to reach over 100 degrees. The area features Deadhorse Bowl, a popular OHV sand bowl one-mile in circumference and 400 feet deep, located in the western section of the dune complex. The Egin Lakes Campground offers a potable water system, RV dump station and 48 improved camp units, including electrical service.  A great stop with something for everyone!

Check out this and all #mypubliclandsroadtrip stops in our Extreme Public Lands roadtrip journal.