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Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area

Dumont Dunes landscape

The Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area, also referred to as an Open Area, is an exciting and remote area for off-highway vehicle recreation. Bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the region is easily recognized from a distance by its distinctive sand dunes. The elevation here varies from 700 feet, at the river,  to 1200 feet at the top of Competition Hill, the tallest of the dunes.

The historic Tonapah and Tidewater Railroad, to the east, was in operation between 1905 and 1940. The vegetation here consists of creosote scrub, some annual grasses, and  wildflowers in the spring. The low elevation in the area makes for warm to extremely hot conditions in spring and summer. Early spring wildflower displays in this vicinity can be quite impressive.

For more information about Dumont Dunes - call (760) 252-6000

The Dumont Dunes Sub-Group of the Desert Advisory Council invites interested members of the public to attend a Meeting. The Dumont Sub-Group will be in session  at the Barstow Field Office located at 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311. Please join us there, the office # is 760 252-6000 for meeting dates and times.


Please Note the following:  

Visitors to the Dunes need a pass for each vehicle driven into the dunes, not for your towed trailer and green sticker vehicles in your truck or trailer, but only for the primary vehicle you drive in with when you enter and exit.

All passes must display your last name and the license plate number of your vehicle. Passses can not be transferred to other Dunes guest or vehicles, passes may be revoked by any BLM employee acting in offiicial capacity for not adhering to regulatory violations at the dunes site.

The onsite fee machines at Dumont Dunes take credit cards only (NO CASH ACCEPTED ONSITE). Purchase your entrance passes at one of the following vendors below prior to coming to Dumont Dunes. Fee machines located at Dumont Dunes may not function properly as they are dependent on solar power and batteries. 

The 2014 Holiday Passes will be available starting September 1, 2014 for the following dates:

Halloween - October 27 thru November 3

Thanksgiving - November 24 thru December 1

New Years - December 29 thru January 5

Martin Luther King Jr. - January 12 thru 19

Presidents Day - February 9 thru 16

Pass Prices for Dumont Dunes:

Weekly Non-Holiday - $30.00

Holiday Weekend - $40.00

Seasonal Non-Holiday - $90.00

Seasonal Including Holidays - $120.00


  • Kinsail Corp 3600 N. Upland St. Arlington, VA. 22207.. Phone 703 994-4194

  • K&Y Country Store, P.O. Box 440 Baker, CA. 92309..Phone 760 733-4252

  • Parker MC/ATV, 301 Ox Bow #3, Pahrump, NV. 89048..Phone 775 537-6686

  • Grewal Travel Center, 72363 Baker Blvd., Baker, CA. 92309..Phone 760 733-4505

  • Valero Service Station, 71808 Baker Blvd., Baker, CA.  92309..Phone 760 733-4542

  • Johnnie Walker RV, 4784 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV. 89121

  • General Store, Highway 127, Shoshone, CA. 92384, Phone..760 852-4224

  • Doghouserepair, 1371 W. Basin Ave., Pahrump, NV. 89060..775 727-9344

  • Carter PowerSports, 6775 South Decatur BLVD, Las Vegas, NV. 89118, Phone..702 795-2000

  • NLTTB 28450 Live Oak Canyon Rd. Redlands, CA. 92373..909 793-2333   


 Dumont Dunes OHV area map

The Open Area is located south of the Amargosa River and east of Highway 127, about 31 miles north of Baker, California. There are two ways of getting to the dunes.

The Little Dunes staging and camping area is directly off Highway 127, conveniently located for immediate staging. One mile north of here, just off Highway 127, is Dumont Road, a dirt road which follows and crosses the river, leading  to the main field of large dunes.

As shown on the map, the Kingston Range Wilderness borders the riding area to the north. This area is closed to motor vehicles. Travel outside the riding area to the south and east enters lands designated as Closed or Limited Use and motor vehicle use is permitted only on designated routes. Off route travel is not permited in Limited Use areas and the Salt Creek Hills ACEC. To the west of Hwy 127 is Death Valley National Park and visitation within the park must abide by National Parks regulations.

Most visitors ride motorcycles or ATVs, sand rails, or tour the area in vehicles with four-wheel-drive. The area around Dumont Road is used extensively for OHV and sand rail staging and play. There are many opportunities for hiking, rock scrambling, rockhounding, and bird-, and wildlife-watching in the hills away from the dunes.

The Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area consists of several riding opportunities.  The Dumont “Little” Dunes is a favorite place for families with smaller children.  The dune field is more forgiving to riders with novice to intermediate skill levels and those who wish to practice in a safer environment.  This small low dune field is connected to the main Dumont dune field by a corridor and is there to allow all types of off-road vehicles to legally access the two dune fields.

The main dune field is Dumont Dunes.  This field  consists of steep dunes with sharp razor backs and deep witches eyes and should be traversed by experienced dune riders.  Riders should always do a check ride to find changes in the dune field before attempting a high speed run.   The back side of the dunes  around the race track is an excellent place for novice and intermediate riders to traverse a multitude of dunes that approximate their skill level.

There several areas around the dune fields that are within the boundary of the off-highway Vehicle Area and will challenge the novice and intermediate riders on terrain other than sand  The Sperry Wash Route is  an open “limited use” route that travels up the Amargosa River to Sperry Wash.  This route travels over some extremely rocky and rutted terrain but is a good challenge for the novice to intermediate rider.  This route is limited use and straying from the marked route is prohibited. 

OHV rider at Dumont Dunes

Extremes of heat and cold are common. Emergency help is not immediate.

Rules and Regulations
All vehicles must have a muffler or spark arrester and have either a street-legal license or be registered as an off-highway vehicle.

If you are not a resident of California and your OHV is not registered in your home state, you are required to have a California "Nonresident" OHV permit to legally operate your vehicle.

All OHVs must have a mast and red or orange flag for visibility in the dunes.

Vehicles operated at night must use both headlights and taillights.

Helmets are required to be worn by all riders of ATVs.

Only one person at a time is allowed on an ATV.

Possession or use of any glass container, empty or not, used for carrying any liquid for drinking purposes is prohibited (43 CFR 8361.1-6).

Camping is allowed anywhere within the riding area as long as it does not block travel on a road, and is limited to a 14-day stay. 

Shooting is not permitted within this area.

Draining of sewage tanks, littering, or dumping of trash is prohibited.

Possesion or use of any glass container used for carrying any liquid for drinking purposes is prohibited. (43 CFR 8361.1-6)

Do Not Burn Pallets

Do not burn pallets or wood with nails!