Last Updated on April 20, 2022

Arizona and the southwest are home to some of North America’s most suggestive deserts and sand dunes, most of which are filled with iconic Saguaro cacti and unique wildlife. Sandboarding in Arizona is mostly practiced in the area surrounding Yuma and the Algodones / Imperial Sand Dunes, near the border with California and the Mexican province of Mexicali in Baja California.

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Arizona Sand Dunes - Algodones

Sand Dunes of Arizona

Yuma Sand Dunes – Yuma

The Yuma Desert comprises the far southwestern corner of Arizona. It extends about 12 miles to the north and more than 40 miles along the international boundary. The area extends onto the Imperial Sand Dunes or Los Algodones, a system of sand dunes located between the state of California and the Mexican province of Baja California, but they are only 17 miles west of Yuma and one of the best sandboarding spots in the US.


Ehrenberg Sandbowl – Ehrenberg

The hilly, sandy terrain of the Ehrenberg Sandbowl makes this site a popular place for off-highway vehicle use. The area is a starting point for visitors to explore a variety of designated roads and trails. Dispersed camping is available nearby.

Hot Well Dunes near Safford, Arizona

Hot Well Dunes – Safford

The sands at the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area were a beach surrounding a lake approximately two million years ago. What remains today is one of the most unique recreation spots in Arizona. Hot Well Dunes provides the opportunity to ride 2,000 acres of sand dunes, set up a camp, and then soak in relaxing hot tubs, all in the same location.


Parker Dunes – Cactus Plain, Parker

Desert wilderness with small sand hills and dunes ranging from 30 to 120 feet, many of which are covered by vegetation and unsuitable for sandboarding. The lack of trails further makes this location hard to access for most people who are not experienced hikers. Recreation activities include backpacking, day hiking, sightseeing, horseback riding, and botanical and wildlife study. The Copper Basin Dunes OHV area is dedicated to sand duning with registered off-road vehicles on designated routes.


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