White Wash Sand Dunes
White Wash Sand Dunes and Surrounding Area

 

The White Wash Sand Dunes are located 48 miles northwest of Moab, and 25 miles southeast of Green River.  The Sand Dunes themselves are delineated and fenced for open OHV play; cross country travel is allowed only in the open area.  Outside this area, there are hundreds of miles of designated roads and trails to be enjoyed.  All motorized travel outside the open area must stay on the designated routes. Staying on the designated routes helps keep these routes open for your enjoyment.  Damage to adjoining private property has occurred, and is a threat to your continued enjoyment of this area.  Staying on designated routes assures that you will not trespass on private property.  If you observe any trespassing or damage, do your part to help White Wash and report these actions to the Grand County Sheriff’s Department at 435-259-8115 (or 911 for an emergency).


Please avoid the oil production facilities and the adjoining ranch, and never chase or harass livestock. When going through gates, leave them open or closed as you found them. You must stay on designated roads and trails when riding outside the dune area. These routes are marked with white arrows and/or white paint. Bighorn sheep inhabit this area; riders should avoid stressing these animals by giving them the space they need. The cottonwood trees growing in the White Wash area are quite unique. Please avoid damaging these trees -- give them wide berth to reduce potential for soil compaction.

Please click here for a map of the area that shows the location of the open area and the designated roads and trails in the area.

Camping

There are no facilities of any type at White Wash Sand Dunes. If you camp, please use a previously used camping spot and keep a clean camp and fire ring. Many of these spots, particularly those outside the Open Area are marked with a tent symbol. Visitors must pack out all trash. There is no drinking water in the area, so be sure you bring plenty of water and other supplies. All campers must remove solid human waste; a portable toilet or “wag-bag” type system is the easiest way to do this. These systems can be found at most camping supply stores. All recreational vehicle holding tanks must be dumped at an approved dump station. There are two camp parks in the town of Green River with dump stations. Green River State Park also has a dump facility. All three locations charge a fee for this service. Dumping of tanks on the ground is prohibited by law.
 
Green River is a full service community which offers motels, restaurants, repair facilities and grocery stores. While camping is allowed anywhere in the Open Area, it is not advisable to camp in White Wash itself because of the risk of flash flooding. Please do not camp on or near private property. The sections of private property shown in white on the White Wash area map and are on the north and west sides of the Open Area. Respect these private land owners!
 
Driving directions

To reach White Wash Sand Dunes, drive 13 miles east of Green River on Interstate 70. Take
Ranch Exit 173 to the south. This county road is known locally as the Floy Wash Road. (This exit is seven miles west of U.S. Highway 191.) From I-70, continue southwest on the Floy Wash Road for 12 miles (be sure to bear right 4.5 miles from Interstate 70, and continue straight at 7.8 miles from Interstate 70). Go east (left) at 12.3 miles southwest of I-70. You will drive by some oil production facilities. Some of these are on private property and should be avoided. The Sand Dunes are visible from this intersection. There are two very large (natural) parking areas just west of the sand dunes. Larger vehicles may wish to consider parking at the area on the top of the hill.

If you camp in the White Wash area see this page.

Interesting Facts about the Dunes

The Dunes are formed when sand blows from the west and hits the Entrada sandstone bluffs.  The sand then drops to the ground, forming White Wash Sand Dunes (White Wash is the name of the small creek that wraps around the Dunes). A special feature of the Dunes is the cottonwood trees that grow interspersed among the dunes. These trees rely on underground pockets of water. Please avoid these trees while enjoying the dunes.

A small population of desert bighorn sheep inhabits the high lands to the east of the dunes. This small band of sheep depends on the “escape terrain” provided by the terraces in the Duma Point area. For this reason, no trails are designated in these areas; respect this bighorn herd and give them some space. The BLM has provided a guzzler (water catchment) for the herd so that they can thrive.