Overview Of Winnemucca Dunes
Open: Year Round
Latitude / Longitude: 41.086305, -117.708034
Usage: Light (Moderate on holiday weekends)
Managed by: BLM / Private Land
Camping: Free dispersed camping with one main designated camping area off the highway at the staging area. Some noise from the highway. No amenities.
Location: Northern Nevada
From Winnemucca NV
Travel North on Hwy 95 for 9 miles
Dunes and staging area are easily visible on the left
Winnemucca Sand Dunes
The Winnemucca dunes are the largest dune field in Nevada The dune field is made up of a series of sand dunes that stretch over 40 miles long. Some of the larger dunes are about three miles long and one to two miles across.
The highest dunes in this region are only about 100 feet high, but they stretch off into the distance as far as the eye can see. Although the dunes aren’t very high, there is still excellent riding; you’ll find plenty of short climbs, rolling terrain and sandy trails to keep you busy.
At 4,400 feet this is considered a “high” desert area, but it’s not high enough to have cool summer temperatures. Summer riding is pretty unpleasant from late June to early September with temperatures in the 90s.
The shoulder seasons of October – November and April – May are ideal for riding with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. In May, temperatures begin to rise with an average of 72 degrees.
Riding is possible year round, but not ideal in the coldest part of the winter from December – February. Although the temperature aren’t too bad in the winter, it does gets into the 40s with a bit of snow probable. They only get about 12 inches of snow a year, so it doesn’t stick around or accumulate.
For more great ATVing in Nevada check out the Crescent Sand Dunes in Tonopah, Big Dune OHVA in Amargosa and Sand Mountain in Fallon. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, the Nellis Sand Dunes offer some great riding just outside North Las Vegas.
- Only 10 miles to food, water, gas, motel and supplies in Winnemucca.
- These dunes are generally not crowded, but on three day weekends, you might see 20 or so motorhomes camping.
Rules & Regulations
- All OHVs are required to be registered.
- Out of state vehicle registration is accepted and legal providing the OHV is in the state for less than 15 days.
- If your vehicle is licensed for on road travel, you do not need to purchase an OHV sticker for off road use.
- Whip flag is required
- A spark arrestor is required
- Mufflers and noise limits are in effect
- Campfires are permitted, but no wood is available to purchase on site
- Ride only on trails and approved riding areas
- Camp only in designated areas
- Do not burn wood containing nails, screws or other metal hardware
- No pallet or tire fires
- Respect other campers. Reduce speed to 15 mph in camping areas
- Discharge any firearms, fireworks or projectiles is not allowed
- The BLM forbids and/or strongly discourages the use of glass containers in heavy use areas
- Do not dump waste water
Nevada’s Rules of the Road
- Any motorized vehicle which does not have the normal safety equipment such as lights and mirrors or is not built to federal vehicle standards is an off-highway vehicle and is restricted to off-highway use only. This includes all-terrain vehicles, pocket bikes, motorized scooters and snowmobiles.
- If a vehicle was manufactured and designated for “off-road” or “non-road” use only, it may not be driven on Nevada public streets or highways even if it has safety equipment. The designation for off-highway use is usually indicated in ownership documents, the owner’s manual or by a U.S. DOT label attached to the frame of the vehicle. Only two-wheeled motorcycles may be converted to on-road use. Other OHVs may not be converted.
- There are no driver license or minimum age requirements for OHVs operated off-highway in Nevada. City and county governments may designate small portions of public streets for access to or from off-road areas only and some age restrictions or other requirements may apply.
Nevada Trail Etiquette
- Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only.
- Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty.
- Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
- Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.
- Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Trail Users