In The Desert
Winter 2013 - 14
This is the fun place (dunes) to go.
There are several ways to get into the sand dunes in the desert in Southern California. We'll show you three. Two main camping areas and an overlook. The overlook turns into a camping spot in the winter. You'll find everything here, from trail bikes to full sized pick-ups. And a lot in between. It will cost you for a 3 day pass to play here, but when we last checked it wasn't a big deal. You'll also have to have a fiberglass pole with a small flag on the top of it (Park rules). You can buy one of these at "Gilmore Off Road". Ask for uncle Mike, and tell him we said hi!
A lot of this area on the South side of the Interstate is right along the Mexican Border so expect to see a lot of Border Patrol in the dunes.
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First lets look at a map of "dunes". We're going to show you two main camping areas on the map and the overlook. You'll notice that the one that's in the Southern end is at Gray's Well, which is an interchange on Interstate 8. The other is on the Southern side of Rt. 78. There other places with sand dunes: Sand Hollow in St. George and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah comes to mind. And there are more.
Gray's Well, Border Patrol
Glamis, Osborne Road Overlook
There is one store here and in the winter a lot of merchants move in to supply the off-roaders. Glamis is really busy on the weekends, especially the longer ones. The overlook is Osborne Park Rd. On the North side of Rt. 78 is a BLM designated Wilderness Area, no vehicles! It is 23.5 miles to the border from Rt. 78.
In the winter, even areas along Ogilby Road near the Interstate draw a lot of campers and people with ATV's, sand rails, and all sorts of off-road fun machines. Photo below is just off the Interstate 8 at the Ogilby Road interchange.
Even if you don't want to pay to play for a day, or maybe you don't have anything you want to play in the sand with, that's okay. But you really should go and take a peek at these people having fun out here in the dunes. It will keep you intrigued for quite a while. Don't miss this!