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Cahuilla and Buttercup Ranger Stations are open Friday-Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. 


Nonresident OHV Use Permits are available at Cahuilla and Buttercup Ranger Stations


BLM Seeks Comments on 2016 Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Proposals


Imperial Sand Dunes Permits Available


2014/2015 ISD Facts and FAQs

 2014/2015 Dunes Brochure/Map
 2014/2015 Geo-Referenced Dunes Map
 Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Set to Change Closures this Fall

Dune buggies head into the sunset. Photo: Imperial Valley Press

Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state.  Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dune system extends for more than 40 miles in a band averaging 5 miles wide (map).  Widely known as "Glamis" and a favorite location for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, the dunes also offer fabulous scenery, opportunities for solitude, and a home to rare plants and animals. (more)

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Kids jump for joy at Oldsmobile Hill. Photo: BLM

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Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro CA 92243
Phone: (760) 337-4400
Fax: (760) 337-4490
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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