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November 27th  2010

Grays Wells, California

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   The Thanksgiving holiday is when all the offroaders, atv's, sand rails, and dune buggies show up at the Imperial Sand Dunes in Southeast California in the desert. Not only is this a participation sport but it is also a spectator sport. Many people come from all over to watch the many people who spend the extended weekend in the sand dunes. A week long pass is $40 if you purhcase it at the Sand Dunes or the pass can be had for as little as $17 dollars at other places, like in Yuma and El Centro. Some of these offroad vehicles are just short of amazing!

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Mexico Border Fence

Sand Rail Video

See the video below!

   They have a rather large presence here at the sand dunes. The drug runners and illegals try to mix in with the offroaders and pass drugs over the fence. You can make out the fence in the background here. It's very close in places to Interstate 8.
   They have very sofisticated equipment on site to look for illegals coming across the fence into the United States. This is probably some variation of an infrared camera. This area is very heavily patrolled. This camera was continually scanning back and forth along the fence.
   The main camping area near the Interstate exchange is where you'll find parts for your offroad vehicle, food, and other things for sale. You cannot get into this area without a pass, which is good for 7 days.
   This is one of the many camping sites along the Grays Wells Road that parallel's the Interstate on the South side. This is all dry camping.
   Across the Interstate on the North side is a big hill of sand that is popular for climbing. You'll find all kinds of vehicles here trying to climb this hill, many do make the climb. 
   Even in outlying areas like this one along the southern end of Ogilby Road you'll find hundreds of campers here to play in the sand dunes.
   This is one of the sand rails that are popular in the sand dunes. This one has a Chevy Corvette V8 engine with loads of power, as you can see. See the video below!
   Everybody wants to try their hand at climbing this hill. This pickup never did make it very far up the hill. He kept trying for a good half an hour though.  
   Here's two sand rails with volkvagen engines. These sand rails will go just about anywhere in the dunes and do it at a pretty good clip.
   If you don't like dust then this is not the place for you. This goes on all day and into the night. It sure looks like fun!  
   As you can see here this is a sport for all ages to get involved in. Most if not all do have good supervision. The border fence is visible here in the background.
   On the western end of the sand dunes you can climb a hill and see the border fence off in the distance.   
   Even if you don't own an offroad vehicle, this is worth seeing. At night this is a spectical, with all the headlights climbing the hills. You can drive down the Grays Wells Road without having to purchase a pass as long as you don't go offroad. If you do and get caught without a pass the fine is $100.00.
                        Have fun -------
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Antique Highway
   At the western end of the paved road (Grays Wells Road) you'll find this part of the old highway from back in the early 1900's when wagons and old cars were going west over the sand dunes. This area is fenced in and if you ask at the booth when you come in you can get directions to this historic landmark. It's only a short walk from the paved road.
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