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The popularity of sandboarding and related sports has boomed in recent years and there are now many opportunities to practice sand duning across the United States. As a matter of fact, some of the best sand dunes and sport facilities for dune boarding are located in the USA and the city of Florence, Oregon hosts the world’s very first sandboarding park. Without further ado, let’s look into some of the top sandboarding destinations by state:

Sandboarding in Arizona

Ehrenberg Sandbowl – Ehrenberg, AZ

Hot Well Dunes – Safford

Sandboarding in California

Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes

Mesquite Sand Dunes – Death Valley National Park, CA

There are five major groups of sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, but sandboarding is only allowed on the Mesquite Flat Dunes, away from wildlife and vegetation. 

Marina State Beach – Marina, CA

The Pit – Sand City, CA

Some of California’s tallest coast dunes are located in the Monterey county: the three towns of Marina, Seaside and Sand City (what a name!) have become a must-see destination for extreme sports enthusiasts as well as fans of the beach and art lovers. Sand dunes in Marina are a bit easier to sled and ideal for beginners and families with kids, while Seaside and Sand City will offer more of a challenge for experienced sand surfers. Into naturism? North of Sand City beach you can find a natural sand depression, “The Crater”, which also happens to be a clothing-optional area. Yes, you can sand sled naked down a crater in California – how cool is that?

Pismo Beach / Oceano Sand Dunes – Oceano, CA

Algodones Dunes – Glamis, CA

Kelso Dunes – Flynn, CA

Kelso Dunes are the best spot for sandboarding in the Mojave Desert. The area is closed to off-road vehicles has started to be claimed back by growing vegetation and wildlife, making it an ideal destination for both hiking and dune boarding. The closest major city is Baker, about one hour distance by car.

Dumont Dunes – Baker, CA

Algodones Dunes – Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, CA

Sandboarding in Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve – Duncan, CO

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve – Fresh Snow, August 2016, Kit Carson Mountain Above Dunes, CC BY 2.0

They are called Great Sand Dunes for a reason – this park hosts some of the tallest dunes in North America. Hiking, camping and sandboarding are all must-do activities. Sand-skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking are also practiced, and there are even several public hot springs nearby.

Sandboarding in Hawaii

Makena Big Beach – Kihei, HI

Papakolea Green Sand Beach – Ka Lae, HI

Sandboarding in Idaho

St. Anthony Sand Dunes – St. Anthony, ID

Sandboarding in Indiana

Indiana Dunes National Park Central Beach – Michigan City, IN

Sandboarding in Massachusetts

Cape Cod Sand Dunes – Provincetown, MA

Sandboarding in Michigan

Silver Lake State Park – Oceana County, MI

The sand dunes near Silver Lake are an incredible location for sandboarding and easily accessible by the city of Mears. The dunes themselves are positioned between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, giving you spectacular views of both lakes from the top. The area is also suitable for camping.

Read also: Sand Dunes of Michigan

Sandboarding in Nevada

Nellis Dunes – Las Vegas, NV

Amargosa Sand Dunes – Las Vegas, NV

Sandbarding in North Carolina

Jockey’s Ridge State Park – Nags Head, North Carolina

Sandboarding in Oregon

The Oregon Dunes National Recreaton Area near Florence, Oregon. 2008, Cacophony, CC BY 3.0

Sand Master Park – Florence, OR

There are vast areas of sand on the Pacific coast of Oregon and the city of Florence can be considered the capital of sandboarding in the United States. The popular Sand Master Park is the first sport facility officially dedicated to sandboarding, and an ideal place to dip one’s toes in the sand as a beginner. You can even take advantage of one of their “chairlift” dune buggies so that you don’t have to hike up some of their tallest dunes. Sand Master Park is located in Lane County on the central coast of Oregon. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area consists of roughly 50km of sand dunes up to 150m tall.

Cape Kiwanda – Pacific City, OR

The stunning peninsula of Cape Kiwanda hosts a 240 feet high sand dune, located within the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

Sandboarding in Texas

Monahans Sandhills State Park – Monahans, TX

Sandboarding in Utah

Coral Pink Sand Dunes – Kanab, UT

Little Sahara Sand Dunes, UT

Sand Hollow State Park, UT

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