Sand dunes dominate the landscape in the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area.
Off-Highway Vehicle Algodones Dunes Sunflower Hiker
BLM>California>El Centro>Recreation>Hikes>North Algodones Dunes Wilderness
Print Page
El Centro Field Office

North Algodones Dunes Wilderness Guided Hike 

Location:  North Algodones Dunes Wilderness, Eastern Imperial County, California

Difficulty:  Easy to moderate hike in sandy wash and along small dunes, approx. 1.5 - 3 miles roundtrip (depending on hike date). 

Check back for 2014/2015 hike schedule!

Fun day hike for the whole family (dogs permitted on this hike) as we follow washes through the microphyll woodland and hike to the larger dunes.  Approx. 4 hours, 3 miles roundtrip.

Fun night hike roaming the sand hills (dogs permitted on this hike).  Approx. 4 hours, 3 miles roundtrip.  Limited to 10 hikers.

Fun night activity for kids as we use a blacklight to find creatures that glow in the dark!  Approx. 2 hours, 1.5 miles roundtrip.

Who's invited:  20 hikers are the limit.  Children under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Hike is free, but participation is by reservation.  

Hikers meet the BLM Park Ranger at the Watchable Wildlife Kiosk and parking area.  From Hwy 78, turn north onto the Niland-Glamis Road (just west of the railroad tracks -Street legal vehicles only on Niland-Glamis Road.)  Travel approx. 2 miles to the Watchable Wildlife Site (WWS), located on the east side of the road.  Hike will start here.

Night Hike: Check back for 2014/2015 hike schedule!
Meet the park ranger at the WWS at 6:30pm.  Bring a headlight/flashlight.

Meet the park ranger at the WWS at 8:15pm.  Since moonless nights are best for blacklight use, remember to bring a headlamp/flashlight (required for all hikers). It will be dark!

Scorpion glows under a blacklight.

Help us find the glowing scorpions! Photo: BLM

Rippled dune ridge.

Rippled dune ridge.  Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

Spring flowers add color to dune landscape.

Spring flowers dot the dune landscape. 
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM