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American Sand Association ASA - non-profit group to support sand dune sports and recreation.

El Centro Fairfield Inn by Marriott
Fairfield Inn is Marriott's award winning economy lodging chain featuring clean, convenient, quality accommodations - all for a great value! The spacious and attractive guest rooms are equipped with thoughtful amenities including cable television with free HBO premium channel and high speed Internet access.

El Centro Holiday Inn Express
Beautiful 100 room El Centro Hotel - Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Imperial Valley. All rooms have refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers. Mini suites and Jacuzzi suites are also available, 32" color remote/televisions, free and pay per view movies and games, high-speed internet access as well.

    Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
    Bureau of Land Management, 1661 South Fourth Street, El Centro CA 92243; (760) 337-4400; Park Website;
    Desert Adventure Guide - More Info for this topic. - Preserving and promoting the symbiotic relationship between off-road enthusiasts and the wildlife of the Algodones Sand Dunes.

    This 40-mile-long dune system is one of the largest in the United States. Formed by windblown beach sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, some crests reach heights of over 300 feet. These expansive dune formations offer picturesque scenery, opportunities for solitude, a chance to view rare plants and animals, and a playground for OHVs.

    The BLM manages portions of the dunes system for different uses. The portion of the dunes south of California State Route 78, is a popular OHV recreation area.

    Two BLM campgrounds along paved Gecko Road provide hard surface parking, vault toilets, and trash facilities. The Cahuilla Ranger Station, located on Gecko Road, is open weekends during the winter season (October-May). Other portions of the Imperial Sand Dunes include Mammoth Wash(north of Algodones Dunes Wilderness) and Buttercup Valley(south of Interstate 8).

    Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range
    456,000 acre (about 60 square-mile) restricted area on the east side of the Salton Sea. It is used by the Navy and Marine Corps for aerial gunnery and bombing practice

    Tour Salton Sea
    The Salton Sea is California's largest lake. During winter months it is home to over four million birds (representing over 400 species). It is located at about 228 feet below sea level below sea level.

    Heber Dunes State Vehicle Recr Area - Heber CA
    343 acres area located south of El Centro. It is primarily used for off-road recreation, however, camping, picnicking, and baseball are also popular activities in the park.

    Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recr Area - East Borrego
    42,000 acres of desert terrain, from below sea level to 400 foot elevations. It is a motorcycle, four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicle, and dune buggy use area. The wash-and-ridge terrain includes a butte with dunes and a sand bowl, a blow-sand dune, springs and a camp on a former homestead site. The park has pay showers, picnic tables, shade ramadas, fire rings and a dump station available.

    Old Plank Road
    Location: Grays Well Road alongside I-8;
    From 1915 to 1925, the first highway across the shifting Algodone Sand Dunes was built on a narrow wooden planks. A historic monument and replica of the road can be found about 3 miles west of the I-8 Sand Hills interchange.

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Caliente Tropics Resort - Palm Springs, CA
The Caliente Tropics Resort Is A Tiki And Polynesian Playground. All Facilities Have Been Completely Renovated As Of March, 2001. Included Is A 65 Foot Swimming Pool, Therapeutic Pool and shuffleboard Courts.

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