BLM California News.bytes 
News.bytes Extra, issue 512

New Year's Weekend at Imperial Sand Dunes

A little over 119,000 visitors enjoyed warm temperatures and sunny skies at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area over the New Year's holiday weekend. 

The long weekend offered hours of prime riding -- and an opportunity to grab some required ATV training. Multiple ATV Safety Certification classes were offered in both the north and south dunes (and additionally at Superstition Mountain OHV Open Area). Attending the class fulfills state requirements regarding both parental supervision and required rider training. Overall, 81 students attended the training and received their ATV Safety Certificates.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff responded to 55 calls for medical aid, up slightly from last year.

Visitors are reminded to keep their carbon monoxide detectors fresh with new batteries, and to mind the warning sounds they emit. An incident involving a rented motorhome with a carbon monoxide leak and a working detector saved a family of four from tragedy this weekend. The family had the presence to clear the vehicle when the detector alerted them, suffering only minor injuries. Generators, heaters and other similar equipment should be vented to the outside, or placed outside while running.

For more information on ATV Safety Certification training, or to obtain a schedule of future classes, please visit www.blm.gov/ca/isdra or call 760-337-4400.

off-highway vehicles swarm over sand dunes
Visitors enjoy warm, sunny weather over the New Year's weekend.  Photo: BLM/Jim Pickering

- Joya Szalwinski, BLM interpretive park ranger, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (1/4/12)

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