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California Desert District
Release Date: 10/16/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 and  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-13-5

Imperial Sand Dunes Ready for New Recreation Season

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) will launch into the 2012-2013 recreation season on Friday, October 12. The Cahuilla and Buttercup Ranger Stations (north and south dunes, respectively) will be staffed with park rangers available to provide both information and emergency medical services to dunes’ visitors. 

“We want to emphasize safety when recreating in America’s Great Outdoors.” said Margaret Goodro, El Centro Field Manager.  “This year we are highlighting three main safety messages which include: watch for terrain hazards, wear seatbelts and harnesses on and off-road and remember to drive 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of camping areas and people.”

The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in California.  They were formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla and extend more than 40 miles in a dune system averaging five miles in width.  More than a million off-highway vehicle enthusiasts recreate annually on the dunes, which can rise more than 300 feet above the desert floor.  The dunes also offer unique scenery, as well as opportunities for solitude and viewing rare plants and animals.

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Last updated: 10-16-2012