Sand Highway

El Centro, California

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Relax as you cruise along miles of gently rolling sand dunes. Watch dune buggies climb amazingly steep grades at Patton Valley. Visit Buttercup Valley south of I-8. Camping fills up quickly on weekends. Before you go, learn and follow all park regulations. All vehicles must display a 6 inch by 12 inch red or orange flag at least 8 feet above ground. Best time mid-October through May. Fee required for primary vehicle only. Soft sand with gentle grades. Stay in existing tracks as much as possible and away from back sides of dunes. Air down if necessary. To avoid digging in, don’t slam on your brakes or accelerate quickly.
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Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

Relax as you cruise along miles of gently rolling sand dunes. Watch dune buggies climb amazingly steep grades at Patton Valley. Visit Buttercup Valley south of I-8. Camping fills up quickly on weekends. Before you go, learn and follow all park regulations. All vehicles must display a 6 inch by 12 inch red or orange flag at least 8 feet above ground. Best time mid-October through May. Fee required for primary vehicle only. Soft sand with gentle grades. Stay in existing tracks as much as possible and away from back sides of dunes. Air down if necessary. To avoid digging in, don’t slam on your brakes or accelerate quickly.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: El Centro
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours plus additional time for side trips
Season: Best late fall thru early spring
Local Contacts: Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS El Centro; Automobile Club of Southern California map Imperial Sand Dunes
Topo Map: Sand Highway Topographic Map
Guide Book: Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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