Sand Dunes - Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, CA:

Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, CA

Contact Information

Phone: (805) 773-7170
Phone: (805) 473-7220


12 miles south of San Louis Obispo, and west of Highway 101 on the beach.

Area Information

California's last remaining coastal sand dunes that are still open to off-highway vehicles. Formerly Pismo Dunes SVRA, this dune complex is geologically unique and also provides an impressive playground for off-highway enthusiasts that visit from throughout the United States. There are approx. 3,500 acres within the state park boundary, 2,000 of which are a buffer/preserve area, and 1,500 acres which are set aside for camping and OHV use. Note that during the Snowy Plover season (March through September) the 1,500 acre riding area is reduced to about 1,100 acres. This scenic location is comprised of various-sized dunes, ranging from small rollers to larger bowls. Speed limit is 15mph on the beach and near campsites. Camping is allowed south of Post 2 on the beach and in the open area. Reservations for camping are highly recommended well in advance and can be obtained by calling (800) 444-7275. Illegal camping fines are $270 per night and the visitor is required to leave (regular camping fees are $10 for each night, and $5 per primary vehicle for day use). Vault and chemical toilets are provided, but your water must be brought in and trash must be packed out. Campsites with service and hookups are available outside the riding area, but OHVs must be trailered into the riding area. A California Green Sticker, muffler, and a flag are required on all off-highway vehicles (Red Stickers and OHV noise restrictions are enforced). This area was featured in our September/October 2006 issue.

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