Dunes

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area – better known as Glamis – is famous throughout Southern California and Arizona as the off-highway sand sport capitol of the world. This Imperial County recreational area attracts thousands of visitors during the winter months, especially on holiday weekends. Formed by windblown beach sands of a prehistoric sea, the dunes are 40 miles long and five miles wide and rise as high as 300 feet. The dunes offer activities the whole family can enjoy.

Glamis – the center of dune activity – lies 27 miles east of Brawley on Highway 78. Buttercup Valley area is located 25 miles south of Glamis along Interstate 8 in Imperial County.

Camping areas suitable for large recreational vehicles are provided by the Bureau of Land Management along Gecko Road south of Highway 78. Camping is permitted anywhere in the dunes that is open to vehicle use.

This year the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department will be issuing two types of Special Recreation Permits for the ISDRA. The weekly SRP is good for seven consecutive days and costs $25 per primary vehicle. The yearly pass is $90 per primary vehicle. For information on where to purchase permits, Please visit http://imperialsanddunes.net/

Brawley and El Centro, CA and Yuma, AZ are the gateway cities to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. On holiday weekends rigs from all over Southern California and Arizona stream through our communities on their way to a fun week or weekend in the dunes. Enjoy this incredible recreational area.

What is AMA?
The Adaptive Management Area (AMA) is located in the center of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA). The AMA is 33,289 acres with entry controlled by a permit system. This area is open to varying degrees of activity, depending on the results of yearly monitoring. The area is managed in a way that provides recreational opportunities while allowing for the conservation of habitat, plants, and animals by limiting the number of riders in the area.

Why is it important to protect?
At the Imperial Sand Dunes, one plant may support a fringe-toed lizard, a long tailed brush lizard, a kangaroo rat, a sidewinder, and a variety of insect species. This "web of life" ensures that the ecosystem as a whole remains healthy. For this reason, the off-highway vehicle rider needs to take great care when riding in any dune area to protect the delicate balance of life found there.

1. Avoid riding over or near plants
Plants in the Imperial Sand Dunes generally occur in bowls, so avoid riding over or near them. Riding over plants reduces their numbers and can crush animals hiding under them. These plants provide shelter, food and moisture to a number of reptiles, mammals, birds and insects that live here.

2. Keep trash in dumpsters.
Trash attracts unnatural concentrations of predators, such as ravens, crows and coyotes, which in turn may have a negative effect on wildlife populations.

3. Participate!
Actively participate in the AMA program, and let other riders know if they are riding over plants and animals.

Plants in the Imperial Sand Dunes generally occur in bowls. These plants provide shelter, food and moisture to various reptile, mammal, bird and insect populations in the Dunes. Please don't disturb them.

Generally, the higher the dune, the less vegetation you will find. The more vegetation you find, the more wildlife you will find.