U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Imperial Sand Dunes season wraps up
A total of 484 youngsters attended the ATV Safety Certification courses sponsored by the American Desert Foundation sponsored. That is a significant increase over last year’s 180 children. Training locations added in the South Dunes and at Superstition Mountain OHV Open Area accounted for this increase in attendance. Offered free to CA residents age 6-17 years old, the program had its start in 2009. Since then, 664 young riders have received this important and required training.
A focus on safety education introduced a new children’s program, "Dune Guard." This program recognized young riders for responsible and safe riding and rewarded them with a T-shirt. Additionally, thousands of Frisbees tossed to visitors during camp contacts and at popular hill locations shared safety messages and helped get the word out.
While the Imperial Sand Dunes remain open for recreation the entire year, summer visitors should be aware of the extreme heat and take precautions. Please note the Cahuilla and Buttercup Ranger Stations have closed for the season -- dial 9-1-1 during any emergency. Visitors will still need to purchase a permit -- visit www.imperialsanddunes.net to purchase online or find a location along your route of travel to the dunes.
- Joya Szalwinski, interpretive park ranger, BLM El Centro Field Office
|Last updated: 06-17-2011|