BLM invites the public to Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area for Discover the Desert Day


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BLM employees pose with characters from Star Wars in the Desert.

EL CENTRO, Calif. -  The Bureau of Land Management invites the public to a Star Wars - Discover the Desert Day at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area on Saturday, Feb. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. The free family-friendly educational event will be held at the BLM’s Buttercup Ranger Station and is in partnership with LANDS, an organization that promotes and protects access to public lands through education and engagement with the public.

The event will highlight the BLM’s multiple-use mission through educational booths and activities centered around off-highway vehicle recreation and safety and filming on public lands with a focus on the Star Wars popular science fiction movie series. The event will conclude with a filmmaker Q&A starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the “Return of the Jedi” at 5 p.m., which was filmed in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in 1982. The public is encouraged to bring chairs for the screening. The Buttercup Ranger Station is at the Grays Well Road exit off Interstate 8.

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is the largest mass of sand dunes in California. Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dune system extends for more than 40 miles in a band averaging 5 miles wide. Dunes often reach heights of 300 feet above the desert floor, providing outstanding opportunities for recreation. A favorite destination among off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, the dunes also offer fabulous scenery, opportunities for solitude, and a home to rare plants and animals. Plan your visit here:

For more information about the event contact the BLM El Centro Field Office at 760-337-4400 or visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.