We've all seen endless sand dunes in movies like Return of the Jedi and television shows like The Rat Patrol. But these dunes only exist as cardboard cutouts or in some far-off land overseas in the middle of a war zone, right? Wrongo, buddy. The Imperial Sand Dunes in Southern California stretch almost 40 miles from deep in Imperial County all the way to the Mexican border. The dunes themselves continue into Mexico and have hosted the likes of Jaba the Hutt and Boba Fett, among others in movie productions. But the sand mountains also offer unlimited 4x4 fun.
The dune area, also known as Glamis, has an almost cult-like gathering several times a year. The fall and winter holiday weekends bring thousands of visitors with all sorts of 4x4s, motorcycles, ATVs, buggies, and everything else under the sun. In fact, if you've never seen something before, there will probably be two at Glamis on a big weekend. For us, this included a boat on a 4x4 chassis and 4x4 body on a tank. If that doesn't get your attention then maybe the two bands playing music in the middle of the dunes all night will.
We stopped in for Thanksgiving weekend and couldn't believe what we saw. So much so that we had to see the 2000 New Year antics to make sure we weren't hallucinating. Check out what we saw.