Crescent Sand Dunes

OHV travel is limited to existing roads and trails. OHV use on un-vegetative sand areas is allowed.

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Camping, Picnicking and OHV travel is permitted.

Crescent dunes are sand dunes with two “horns” that point away from the wind. These dunes are created by winds of different strengths that blow from the same direction and carry different amounts of sand. Crescent dunes are also called barchan dunes.

Directions From Tonopah head US 6 West/95 North turn right between mile marker 55 and 54 onto Poleline Road and travel approximately 9 miles site will be on your left and will consist of a 2 mile unimproved dirt road to the site. Caution should be used in the area as vehicles can get stuck easily in the sand around the Dunes

The Dunes can be seen from Highway 95, north of Tonopah. Few people use this remote complex. Used primary by local riders. There are no signs, and the area feels very remote.

Warning: Winter temperatures can be quite cold, bring appropriate clothing and supplies.

The area has been designated a Special Recreation Management Area (SMRA) by the BLM.

Elevation – 5032 ft.

Total Approximate area: 3,000 acres

Please be advised, services, supplies and assistance is a long way off and cell phone coverage is minimal IF AT ALL. Come prepared, travel in a group and make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will return.

GPS Coordinates:

Camping Area – N 38 13 74, W 117 20 04

Access Road Turnoff – N 38 13 02, W 117 22 27

Highway 95 and Pole Line Rd – N 38 05 64, W 117 18 50


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.

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Courtesy T. Turner – New day dawning