Every winter, folks from all over the U.S. make the pilgrimage to country’s biggest sand box, Glamis. Officially, the ride area goes by the name of Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and there are a few Glamis permits and fees associated with recreating there. First of all, most people that ride in Glamis also camp there. There are very few hotels nearby and half the fun is hanging out with friends around the campfire talking about the days adventure.

Glamis Passes
Camp RZR is free to attend and will return to Glamis October 28th and 29th. Polaris Photo.

To get Glamis parking permits you can go onto the imperial county website and pay $35 per week ($60 for 2 passes) or for the full season, you can get the (October 1st-April 15th) camping pass for $150. All sites are basically disappeared style and are first come first serve. Save $15 and buy passes ahead of time at

GLAMIS Rules and Regulations

Visiting the Imperial Sand Dunes? Before you go, make sure you know the Rules and Regulations.




If your vehicle is not registered in the state of California with a Green or Red Sticker, you will need a pass for that too. According to the state website, all vehicles operated off-highway on public lands in California are required to be (1) street-licensed or (2) registered as an off-highway vehicle (OHV) so a purchase of a California Nonresident permit is required:

  1. If you are visiting California from another state and your vehicle does not have a current registration from your home state, you must purchase a California Nonresident OHV Use Permit before you recreate on public lands.
  2. If your state of residence requires residents of California, who have valid OHV registration/identification (green or red sticker registration), to purchase a non-resident permit to recreate in your home state (see Off-Highway Vehicle Information Bulletin 21-1)
  3. The Arizona street licensed OHVs are required to purchase a Nonresident Permit to recreate on public lands in California.

 You can purchase a non resident OHV sticker on line by clicking The passes are $30 and good for the calendar year only.


Glamis passes
Event Participants compete in Red Bull Sand Scramble, Glamis, CA USA. // Chris Tedesco / Red Bull Content Pool The Sand Scramble will return for 2023 on December 9th.


Aside from the big Holliday weekends, in which most people hit the dunes, there are two major events left for 2023 you will need Glamis permits for,  Camp RZR and the RedBull Sand Scramble.

 Don’t forget to send us a group photo and let us know the names of everyone in your group and where you are from. Photos may end up in our letters section. Email submission to [email protected] using the subject “letters section”. Happy riding and be safe out there.

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