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California Desert District
Release Date: 10/19/11
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 ,
News Release No. CDD-12-3

Halloween Weekend Launches Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Season

Ghosts and goblins along with plenty of trick-or-treats will be evident during the upcoming Halloween weekend as the BLM launches another recreation season at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA). 

As visitors return from a summer off from dunes recreating, BLM officials are quick to emphasize key messages that ensure a safe visitor experience. “We look forward to the thousands of visitors having a fun safe season.” says BLM El Centro Field Manager Margaret Goodro. “The start of the season is a perfect time to remind folks to stay safe and have a great ride.”

As part of the key messages and safety effort, the El Centro Field Office will add a new twist to its continuing education and outreach program by distributing thousands of brightly colored Frisbees sporting safety messages.  These messages remind visitors of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, encourage visitors to wear seat belts/harnesses both on and off road, and to slow down to 15 mph within 50 feet of camps or people. 

Neil Hamada, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Manager, also encourages visitors to be especially cautious, of both the crowds and the constantly changing terrain.  “Visitors should take care to scout areas for drop-offs that may not have been there last season.”

ATV Safety Certification Training will be offered free of charge to CA residents aged 6-17 years old on October 29th and 30th, at both the north and south dunes and on October 29th at Superstition Mountain in the west desert. 

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Last updated: 10-19-2011