Winnemucca Sand Dunes - Nevada

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Last updated 06/10/2009

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Includes 2 locations in the following area:

  • United States: NV

Name: Winnemucca Dunes
Northern Nevada near the town of Winnemucca

This is the largest dune field in Nevada and is located approximately 10 miles north and northeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. The dunes do not reach heights of more than 100 feet, but span almost 40 miles. The dunes are a mix of sand trails and open dunes that are stabilized by vegetation near the periphery of the dune field. Active migration, however, is occurring where the dunes cross U.S. Highway 95. The Nevada Department of Transportation removes sand drifts from the highway several times a year.

The main dunes are a checkerboard of BLM and privately owned land. The Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 granted every other section (square mile) for a distance of 25 miles on both sides of the Central Pacific Railroad right-of-way to subsidize the construction of the first transcontinental railroad

Elevation - 4400 ft.

From Reno, take Highway 80 northeast for 167 miles to Winnemucca. North on Highway 95 for approximately 9 ½ miles. Look for a street called McRae Road on the right. Go past McRae Road on Highway 95 a few hundred yards. Take the next left turn and drive over cattle guard. Turn right. There are no signs directing you from the highway to the camping area.

Camping Area(s):
Main Camp – Highway 95, 10 miles north of Winnemucca on west side of highway. This camping area is very close to Highway 95, so if road noise is an issue, this is not the place for you. The camping area is just a few acres. Maneuvering large motor homes and trailers may be a problem if the camping area is crowded.

Sand Pass "Camping" area – Hwy 95 12.5 miles north of Winnemucca, then 2.5 miles west on Sand Pass

Fees: None
Whip flag that extends 8 ft. from the ground

No person shall operate an off-highway vehicle in a manner likely to cause environmental damage. Do not run over vegetation.

Bring in, dispose of or possess any firewood containing nails, screws, or other metal hardware.

Spark arresters are required on all OHV's.

Tread Lightly! Much of the land in the dunes in privately owned. Respect the land and we'll be able to ride there in the future.

Other Information:
No trash collection. Pack it out.