Closed Sand Dune Areas
Cadiz Dunes are closed to vehicles
Location: Cadiz Dunes Wilderness lies 40 miles east of Twenty
Nine Palms, between State Highway 62 and historic Route 66, in San Bernardino
GPS Coordinates: 34°23'36.66"N, 115°25'20.70"W
From Twentynine Palms:
Directions from BLM website - Travel 62 miles east of Twentynine Palms on
State Highway 62. Turn north and follow the graveled Cadiz Road for 26 miles.
The next 5 miles of the Cadiz Road forms the eastern boundary of the wilderness.
From I-40 and Kelbaker Rd.:
National Trail Hwy
66) East of National Trail Hwy to Chambless (ghost-town).
Turn right on Cadiz Rd. You will see a sign for Cadiz
Go 4.5 miles and cross railroad tracks. Cadiz Farms goes
to the right, do not take this road.
Go straight for another 2 miles.
Cross another railroad track. Road turns to dirt. You will see two
natural gas storage tanks, and the road forks.
Take the road to the left that parallels the railroad track and El Paso
Natural Gas Pipeline (underground).
Travel on dirt road for 8.7 miles –
W 115 23.581
Turn right towards dunes.
Parking area is 2.9 miles. Road
is not maintained and is sandy. 4x4 recommended.
"OHV Funds at Work"
N 34 23.611
W 115 25.345
Managed By: Bureau of Land Management, Needles Field Office
Size: 21,298 acre
Date of Closure: 1994
Type of Closure: Permanent
Reason for Closure: Wilderness Designation,
Desert Protection Act
Wilderness = No Vehicles and No Bicycles
Cadiz Dunes Wilderness Map - click to enlarge.
Private land (inholdings) are shown in white.
The 21,298-acre (approximate) Cadiz Dunes Wilderness encompasses
a major portion of the Cadiz Dune system and desert shrub lowlands just east of
the dunes. These small dunes were formed by north winds pushing sands off the
Cadiz Dry Lake.
The El Paso
Natural Gas Pipeline passes the northeast side of the dunes and is adjacent to
the Wilderness boundary.
The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad tracks are within
30 ft. of the Wilderness boundary.
Private lands may lie within this
wilderness area. See Map
of Cadiz Dunes Wilderness Area for more detail.
Endangered or Threatened Species:
Old Pictures - 1980 & 1981
The Dunes Today
Plants and Animals
I saw this little Desert
Tortoise crossing Kelbaker Rd. on the way from Kelso
Dunes to Cadiz Dunes
Kelso Dunes Wilderness
Nearby Dunes, north of Cadiz Dunes in the Mojave National Preserve
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