Glamis Passes / Imperial San Dunes Permits

We Stock Weekly & Season Passes


Glamis Passes

Glamis Season Permit: $150

The Glamis Season Permit is valid from October 1st to April 15th

Glamis Weekly Permit: $35

The Glamis Weekly Permit is valid for seven consecutive days

The purchase price of the weekly permit is $50 if purchased at Glamis

Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state.

Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dune system extends for more than 40 miles in a band averaging 5 miles wide. Dunes often reach heights of 300 feet above the desert floor, providing outstanding opportunities for recreation. A favorite place for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, the dunes also offer fabulous scenery, opportunities for solitude, and a home to rare plants and animals.

With most of the off-road action taking place in the recreation area south of Highway 78, the open areas allow all types of vehicle recreation. Limited areas surround the dunes require vehicles to travel on designated routes. Closed areas prohibit motorized vehicle use entirely. Information and maps for all of these areas are available at the ranger stations.

The North Algodones Dunes Wilderness offers a tranquil alternative to the fast-paced action of the main dunes. This wilderness encompasses more than 26,000 acres, with the largest and tallest dunes located in the central area. Visitors are welcome to walk or ride horses in this remote area. The wilderness is closed to all vehicles and mechanized use.

Who needs a Glamis permit

One permit is needed per primary vehicle. A primary vehicle is any street legal vehicle used for transportation to the recreation site. A permit is required at all times while in the fee area and may be required to exit the area. Please keep your permit until you exit the fee area.

When am I required to have a Glamis permit?

The permit is required immediately upon arrival to the recreation area. When you purchase your permit before you arrive at Glamis, you save money and avoid long wait lines

Imperial Recreation Fee Area

Covers the entire Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and its 1 mile planning area boundary. This includes, but is not limited to, Buttercup, Gecko Rd, Glamis, Gordons Well/Dunebuggy Flats, Mammoth Wash, Ogilby, Osborne, along both sides of the Coachella Canal and Ted Kipf Rd.

Glamis Permits Rules & Instructions

This permit must be displayed properly in your vehicle at all times while in the required permit area of the ISDRA.

Place permit on your rear view mirror with the front side (date validation grid) clearly visible from outside your vehicle. Permits hidden by sun visors or screens are invalid.

Failure to properly display this permit while in the ISDRA will be punishable by citation and fine.

Unlawful reproduction of this permit is punishable by arrest, imprisonment and/or fine.

This permit is non-transferable. Every primary vehicle within the ISDRA fee area must display a permit, unless exempted by PL 108-447. When visitors tow street legal vehicle for OHV use, and have it attached to the primary vehicle, they can receive a free “towed in” permit from the ranger station for OHV recreation only.

This permit is non-refundable.

ISDRA will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for any loss or damage of any kind incurred to your vehicle. Always secure you vehicle and protect your permit. Lost, stolen or damaged permits will NOT be replaced.


Failure of the permit holder and/or members of your group to comply with all applicable regulations in the ISDRA is grounds for revocation of your permit and/or group eviction by law enforcement officers (BLM, Imperial County Sherriff, Border Patrol). It is your responsibility to know all of the regulations.


OHV speed limit is 15mph within 50ft. of people.

Glamis Season Permit

Placement: Place the permit on the exterior driver’s side, lower corner of the front windshield. If the permit will be hidden due to a windshield cover, then adhere it to the exterior side of the window directly behind the RV driver. How To Apply: Thoroughly clean window. Peel back ½ of the liner paper, and apply permit to window. Hold down edge with finger and remove the rest of liner paper. Press permit down firmly for 25 seconds, giving special attention to the edges. Do not expose permit to any moisture for 72 hours.

Rules & Regulations:

Season Permits are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Season Permits must be adhered directly to your vehicle at all times.

Unlawful reproduction of this permit is punishable by arrest, imprisonment and/or fine.

Failure to properly display this permit will be punishable by citation and fine.

Failure of the permit holder and/or members of your group to comply with all applicable regulations in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area are grounds for its revocation and/or group eviction by law enforcement officers. It is your responsibility to know all of the regulations.