Carson City District - Stillwater Field Office

Sand Mountain Recreation Area

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The Annual 2014 Halloween Light Parade will be held Friday, October 31, half an hour after dark

Located in Churchill County, just north of U.S. Highway 50, "The Loneliest Road in America," Sand Mountain is 25 miles east of Fallon, Nevada.  Managed by the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the sand dunes of the 4,795 acre recreation fee area provide challenge and excitement for off-highway vehicle riders, hikers & sandboarders.  

Many people visiting the area also take time to explore the historic 1860 Pony Express station and learn about the plants and animals of the Great Basin at the Sand Springs Desert Study Area.


Sand Mountain Links: 
Fees & Permit Requirements

Vehicle Use Restrictions at Sand Mountain

Supplementary Rules at Sand Mountain

Trails Map

Be a Responsible Camper & Rider

Ride Smart - For Everyone's Safety!

How Did Sand Mountain Form? A Little Geological History

Vendor Program

Weather Forecast for Sand Mountain Area


There is a designated dry-camping area near the base of Sand Mountain.  Three vault toilets are provided, however, visitors should bring plenty of water for drinking and washing since no water is available at the site. Campfires are permitted, but there is no wood available.

Spring and fall offer the best weather at Sand Mountain. Mid-winter months can be cold and wet and summer days can be hot, dry and windy.


Photo of new paving on the Sand Mountain entrance road.
Blacktop paving of the entrance road to Sand Mountain Recreation Area (off U.S. Highway 50 in Churchill County) has been completed. Thank you for your patience as we finished the best Sand Mountain road ever!
Photo of drainage dip and speed warning sign on Sand Mountain Road.
The speed limit on the "new" Sand Mountain Road is 25 mph, but BE AWARE of the 5 mph drainage dips (there are four of them) and SLOW DOWN.

$90 Annual/Season Permits are available through the Carson City District Office, phone: 775-885-6000, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City NV 89701; or the Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno NV 89502, phone: 775-861-6400.  Season permits are also available for purchase on-site during holiday weekends.  

Tip:  Avoid the lines at Sand Mountain and purchase your annual pass ahead of time by calling 775-885-6000. You will need to have your credit card number and one or two vehicle license plate numbers prior to calling.