Dumont Dunes OHV Area (California) is one of the most iconic sand riding locations on the planet. Known for the steep dunes and variety of terrain, Dumont is a great place to take your family and friends on a dune adventure. Camping is open and easily accessible off of the dirt road entrance. Paying the required fee will gain you access to the area, and once you’re in you’re free to rip around on all of the open spaces. The big bowls, steep climbs, and flowing transitions keep the fun factor high at this unique and desolate off-road oasis.

Dumont Dunes OHV Area (California)
Dumont Dunes OHV Area (California)Casey Cordeiro

One of the best parts about Dumont is that you can enjoy dirt trails in the surrounding desert terrain, that is if you bring your dirt tires as well as paddles. Sticking with the sand part of this area, paddle tires are recommended as the steep dunes have a tendency to eat up a lot of horsepower. As they like to say, “the more the better” out here in terms of your machine’s power output.

Dumont Dunes OHV Area (California)
Dumont Dunes OHV Area (California)Casey Cordeiro

The Details

  • Latitude/Longitude: 35.6833º N, 116.2195º W
  • How to get there: Exit off the I-15 freeway in Baker, CA. Head north on Highway 127 to Dumont Road for 37 miles. Head east on the dirt road to the camping area.
  • Fees: Either buy an annual permit ($90 non-holiday, $120 with holidays) or weekly permit ($30 non-holiday, $40 holiday).
  • Regulations: 96-decibel sound limit, an 8-foot-tall whip flag is required, night riding is permitted, and fireworks are strictly prohibited.
  • Open riding area: 8,150 acres, comprised of small and big dunes fitting for all skill levels
  • Elevation: 700–1,200 feet
  • Landmarks to visit: North Pole, Banshee Hill, Superbowl
  • Camping: Open camping is found near the dunes, 4WD is not needed to access camping but recommended.
  • Closest hotel accommodations: Baker, CA has several options. Primitive camping at the dunes is recommended.
  • Closest grocery store: Baker has limited options; it is recommended that you pack what you need from your hometown grocery store.
  • Closest gas station: Make sure you fill up your street vehicle and storage cans in Baker.
  • Points of interest nearby: World's tallest thermometer in Baker, Alien Fresh Jerky store
  • Weather: Comfortable and cool in the winter (temperatures range from mid-30s at night to 70s during the day), summer temps are brutal at up to 120 degrees during the heat of the day.
  • Notes: Bring plenty of water and supplies! The closest facilities are 37 miles away in Baker. Pack it in and pack it out.
  • Resource: blm.gov/visit/dumont-dunes-ohv-area
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