Palen Dunes is now closed to OHVs!
Name: Palen Dunes
Palen Dunes is not available for OHV use.
It has been brought to out
attention that your website, DuneGuide.com, has a web page that promotes the
Palen Dunes near the town of Desert Center, CA as an area where people can
ride OHVs. The Palen-McCoy Dunes are federal lands managed by the Bureau of
Land Management that are not open to OHV riding. Visitors are welcome to
drive to the dunes and use the area for dispersed camping and hiking, but
not riding. Our rangers will be enforcing the regulations in this area and
violators will be cited if they are found using OHV's on the dunes.
Additionally, you should be aware that
there are no "open" riding areas for OHV's within the Palm Spings-South
Coast Field Office which includes all of Riverside County. Our field office
provides designated routes of travel, over 1,500 miles just in the eastern
part of Riverside County, between Blythe and Indio specifically for OHV
Please remove the web page directing OHV
users to this area as soon as possible to avoid the distribution of
misinformation and potential conflicts between the rangers and OHV users.
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office
North East of Desert Center, CA
Small rolling dunes mixed with hard pack.
Palen Dunes - Google Maps satellite
Interstate 10 to north on State Highway 177 (Desert Center
Stay on Highway 177 for 7 miles. Look for the Desert Lily
Sanctuary signs. Turn at the Desert Lily Sanctuary and go east for about
Camping is allowed. No facilities.
Area Managed By:
BLM - Palm
GPS Coordinates: 33°46'46.26"N, 115°14'58.64"W
Joshua Tree National Parks lies just to the west (protected)
Desert Lily Sanctuary lies near the turnoff to the dunes
Palen McCoy Wilderness Area is to the north east (protected)
Palen Dry Lake ACEC is just to the south east
Ford Dry Lake and
Dunes lie to the south east (closed to OHVs)
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