dry lake nature


#mypubliclandsroadtrip Visits a Wild California Landscape in the Desert - A Must for the Bucket List

The 19,935 acre Cadiz Dunes Wilderness encompasses a major portion of the Cadiz Dune system and desert shrub lowlands just east of the dunes. These small dunes were formed by north winds pushing sands off the Cadiz Dry Lake.  The pristine nature of the dunes and the beautiful spring display of unique dune plants have made the area a favorite for photographers. Wildlife tracks provide evidence of including coyote, black-tailed jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, quail and roadrunners, rattlesnakes, and several species of lizards.

In contrast to the Cadiz Dunes, the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area about 100 miles away - shown in the city-like landscape above - offers off-highway vehicle recreation. Bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the elevation varies from 700 feet, at the river, to 1200 feet at the top of Competition Hill, the tallest of the dunes.  

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM