Description - The Algodones Sand Dune system covers 1,000 square miles, making it one of the largest dune complexes in North America. The dunes are interrupted in places by basins of flats, which support mesquite, smoke tree, ironwood, palo verde and desert willow trees. The flat-tailed horned lizard, desert tortoise and Colorado desert fringe-toed lizard have all been spotted in the region. The 32,000-acre North Algodones Wilderness Area provides ample opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. Visitors should be aware that the sand limits mobility.
- Primitive camping is available on North Algodones Dune Wilderness Area, although there are no developed sites. Developed campgrounds are available along Gecko Road, directly south of the wilderness area and Highway 78 in the designated OHV area. These campgrounds offer restrooms and flat pads, but do not have water. Lodging is available in Brawley. Food, gas and supplies are available at the Glamis store located on the south side of Highway 78, on the eastern edge of the dunes. The area is open year-round and the Cahuilla Ranger station is open on weekends from October through April. The nearest hospital is located in Brawley.
Recreation - Activities in this wilderness area includes hunting, hiking, and nature viewing. This area is a designated Watchable Wildlife site.
Climate - The best time to visit the area is from fall through spring. Summer is extremely hot,
with temperatures over 120 degrees F during the day, and 100 degrees F at night. Be sure to bring plenty of water.
Located north of State Highway 78, the wilderness extends from the east side of the Coachella Canal to the town of Glamis. Access the east side of the Dunes from Glamis on the Niland / Glarnis County Road, which continues for approximately 10 miles and forms the eastern boundary of the wilderness.