For years, Star Wars enthusiasts have ventured to the BLM’s Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to visit the filming location of the opening scenes of Return of the Jedi. The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest dune mass in California. Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dunes create an out-of-this-world landscape ideal for Hollywood film backdrops and are known as an off-roading mecca.
Other movie titles filmed in the Imperial Sand Dunes include: Road to Zanzibar, Scorpion King, and Flight of the Phoenix. The sand dunes also have made their appearance in multiple commercials and music videos.
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