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Winnemucca Dunes, Nevada

Winnemucca Dunes

Name: Winnemucca Dunes


Northern Nevada near the town of Winnemucca


This is the largest dune field in Nevada and is located approximately 10 miles north and northeast of Winnemucca, Nevada. The dunes do not reach heights of more than 100 feet, but span almost 40 miles. The dunes are a mix of sand trails and open dunes that are stabilized by vegetation near the periphery of the dune field. Active migration, however, is occurring where the dunes cross U.S. Highway 95. The Nevada Department of Transportation removes sand drifts from the highway several times a year.

The main dunes are a checkerboard of BLM and privately owned land. The Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 granted every other section (square mile) for a distance of 25 miles on both sides of the Central Pacific Railroad right-of-way to subsidize the construction of the first transcontinental railroad

Elevation - 4400 ft.


From Reno, take Highway 80 northeast for 167 miles to Winnemucca. North on Highway 95 for approximately 9 miles. Look for a street called McRae Road on the right.  Go past McRae Road on Highway 95 a few hundred yards. Take the next left turn and drive over cattle guard. Turn right. There are no signs directing you from the highway to the camping area.

Winnemucca Dunes Camp

Camping Area(s):

Main Camp Highway 95, 10 miles north of Winnemucca on west side of highway. This camping area is very close to Highway 95, so if road noise is an issue, this is not the place for you. The camping area is just a few acres. Maneuvering large motor homes and trailers may be a problem if the camping area is crowded.

Winnemucca Dunes Camp

Winnemucca Dunes Camp
View of main camping area from the dunes.  Highway 95 is just past the campers.

Memorial Weekend 2005 - Winnemucca Dunes
Memorial Weekend 2005

Sand Pass "Camping" area Hwy 95 12.5 miles north of Winnemucca, then 2.5 miles west on Sand Pass
Winnemucca Dunes Camp
Turn off from Sand Pass Rd. Look for Gas Pipeline Stakes

Winnemucca Dunes Camp  
The "camping" area

GPS Coordinates:

  • Main Camp - N 41 05 164, W 117 42 46

  • Sand Pass Rd. - N 41 07 233, W 117 44 87

Area Managed By: Bureau of Land Management - Winnemucca Field Office

Fees: None


  • 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.

  • Tread Lightly! Much of the land in the dunes in privately owned.  Respect the land and we'll be able to ride there in the future.

Other Information:

  • No trash collection. Pack it out.


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Services in Winnemucca:

  • Motorcycle Shops: 
    - Sonoma Cycles (Yamaha, Polaris, Kasea and Kawasaki)
  • RV Parks: 
    - KOA Kampgrounds
    - Model T RV Park
    - High-Desert RV Park
  • Hotel/Motel: 
    - Super 8, Motel 6
    - Holiday Inn Express
    - Best Western
    - Days Inn
    - Red Lion
  • RV Dump Stations
    - Flying J Travel Plaza, Winnemucca
    - I-80 Rest Area (exit 158)
    - I-80 Rest Area (exit 42) Fernley

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