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SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

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SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

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SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

SANDBOX FOR GROWNUPS

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A glimpse of Sahara Desert in the heart of Nevada

The sun is getting low, hitting the rolling sand dunes creating the most spectacular dessert sunset. It’s getting late and my stomach begins to rumble. I start a fire in a portable wooden oven and put a giant pot on heat. Dinner sounds amazing after a long day of non-stop adrenaline rush. I take my shoes off, and a stream of sand pours out on the ground.  There is sand everywhere! I find it in curious places.

I glance to my right. The boys unpacked their toolbox, trying to put their iron horse back on its feet. The wheels of their ATV are all scattered after the car hit a sharp turn and ramped off the mountain at full speed. They are not worried. It’s what they do for a living at Custom Auto Build. It’s a part of an exhilarating off-road adventure on sandy dunes of the Sand Mountain.

I look to my right. This iconic desert landscape makes me feel worlds away, somewhere in the heart of Sahara. It’s the last thing you expect to find in the midst of the familiar scenery of Nevada. And yet, it exists, a two-mile long sand dune known as the Sand Mountain. It’s located 20 miles east of Fallon, Nevada and it looks like a glimpse of the Middle East. These sandy rolling hills create a perfect playground for off-road adventurists and make one of the most popular riding destinations in Nevada.

This recreation area is federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Permits to access the site are required year round. You can either buy a weekly pass, good for 7 days, or an annual pass that gives you access for the whole year. Daily passes are not available, so even if you only want to ride for a day or two, you might have to buy a weekly pass. However, if you can visit Sand Mountain on Tuesday or Wednesday, the passes are free.

If you choose to come for several days, you can stay in a hotel in Fallon, Reno, or even Lake Tahoe. We choose to camp on site as it adds to the illusion of being somewhere far away, in the heart of a sandy desert. There is something magical about waking up in the midst of sandy dunes and going to sleep under the light of a million stars, which shine so much brighter in absence of light pollution. Camping is also much cheaper than lodging, and saves tons of time in transit.

People come to the Sand Mountain for many reasons. Some just want to experience a sandy desert without having to fly to the Middle East. Others come to hike or sandboard. We are a part of a community of off-roading enthusiasts, who keep coming back to these sandy dunes for dirt biking and quad riding. This desert landscape is perfect for jumps, technical tricks, and trail riding which makes a visit to Sand Mountain more than satisfying!

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