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Armagosa

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I went by the Armagosa dune a month or so ago on way back from Saint Anthony's (long way back) what is the scoop on riding out there, how big, busy, facilities?

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I went by the Armagosa dune a month or so ago on way back from Saint Anthony's (long way back) what is the scoop on riding out there, how big, busy, facilities?

The dunes are as large as Dumont....there's just not as many. There are zero facilities and that keeps the traffic down a little. However, it seems to be getting more popular these days.

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bout 1/3rd the size of dumont... just as big steep and technical.. its more of a bike, quad scene than the buggy's.... Just my 2 cents..

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bout 1/3rd the size of dumont... just as big steep and technical.. its more of a bike, quad scene than the buggy's.... Just my 2 cents..

I have more fun there than Dumont in my rail. Maybe it's because I've been there more than Dumont and there seems to be way less people. The only thing that sucks at Amargosa is getting your trailer in and the whoops getting to the dunes from the campgrounds. Some of the access roads aren't the best.

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I said SCENE... last time i was out there i only saw 1 buggy.. rest were bikes and quads.. :D

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there were about 4 or 5 buggies out this weekend, ALOT of quads, about 10 dirt bikes and 2 or 3 rhinos/golf carts, its ok, its close for me, its only 94 miles from door to dune, and we always get food at ft armagosa on the way in or out....plus they do have a dump there and full hook ups

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i have had a blast the few times i have been there simply because you can keep the desert tires on and ride trails and then hit the dunes and for the most part go anywhere without putting paddles on. it is nice to not have a bunch of people around sometimes. of course you can get that at dumont on any off weekend. just a good different place to visit. :D

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overall, i think the dunes are much steeper than dumont. we used to go there all the time. now we just go to dumont. :eatdrink021:

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How bad is the road getting in there?

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How bad is the road getting in there?

If you go to the backside it's a looooooooong washboard road....and the front side isn't too bad as long as you make the right turn. I turned too early once and had a helluva time getting turned around.

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I think its a great place :D , but it is getting to be a busy place :freakin_nuts: . If you want to get out of the dunes for a bit, go chase some bunnies out in the flat stuff :D

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I like Dumont a whole lot better, but they are still fun to ride. Plus, their is no entrance fee at Armagosa!

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no, its not. dumont= much better

Yeah...you're right. You don't want to go to Amargosa. It sucks....big time.

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actually im going to armagossa tomorrow. its fun, just differant style of dunes. Hey, any duning is still better than work.

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I'll be going there for the first time. What tips can you give me on getting there without incident.

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make a left on valley view road.. a couple miles after the 373?? intersection... go down the road till you see the painted arrows in the road pointing you to go right... make a right on the dirt and follow it till you get close to the dunes find a spot to park and walla!

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okay.. you're gonna travel down yonder on the 95 towards reno. be sure and do the posted speed limits in indian springs. after you pass mercury, the divided highway undevides and becomes a two lane highway where you'll continue on your travel stuck behind a very slow moving tractor-trailer that you cannot pass for a few miles. eventually, you'll see a sign that says: amargosa valley 17 miles." you're about 25 miles away from the dunes.

roughly 5 miles past the hoopla (a gas station/restaurant and some billboards) the road starts to turn around a mountain. a road, called valley view, will magically appear. if you're not going too fast, you can slow down just in time to turn without gettin' runned-over by people behind you. if you just got around the tractor-trailer and are traveling too fast to stop for the road, you can turn around a few dozen miles up the road, if the tractor-trailer driver lets you.

you travel down this here road exceeding the posted speed limit because you're excited that you're gonna have sand particles in your a$$ crack, ear canals, between your teeth etc. you're gonna see a few trails leading off the road towards the dunes.. don't take those. you gotta take the trail that has the "drawn on the road last year with chalk arrows that you can barely see because they're now faded." that would be the path that you passed because you were staring at that "damn that's a bigass pile of sand" dune that you're passing because you think you missed the turnoff that you actually didn't miss until you just missed it. don't worry.. you can turn around a few miles up the road, heh.

okay, now you're on the dirt road to the dunes! yes! you snake around this dirt road for about a mile until you come into a stalemate with another truck with a bigass trailer that doesn't want to move out of your way. when this happens, just flap your arms a few times while cursing and then pull off of the dirt road into the sagebrush bushes in a tazmanian devil style fury dusting your trailer and scratching the paint on your truck and pass him while he's still idling on the path and flipping you off. eventually you'll get to the area where the ground starts to get pretty soft, but is still too far from the dunes for your liking, so you just head forward a little bit more.

now you've found the perfect spot to camp at, because you're stuck up to the frame in sand. you get excited that you're finally there and without setting up your camp, you drag your bike out and ride full throttle towards that bigass pile of sand you've been staring at for half an hour. you decide full throttle isn't a good idea after you've left your buttock imprint into the seat from the thrashing you just took when you hit that half-mile long whoops track that you'll try and search for a new way around everytime you return to the amargosa dunes.

you're at the face of big dune now. you've massaged your buttocks and overcome the shock of how steep this dune looks, and you're ready to drive up this thing because you know your bike can make it up there, and you're a stud so why not! you twist that throttle until it's about to break the cable and fumble through gears until you've found one worthy enough of conquering this monstrosity. but there's a problem.. as big as this dune looks, the top of it comes at you awful fast! two things happen: you say "oh sh!t" and you release the throttle, hopefully doing the latter first. but you're a stud, remember? you turn your handlebars and whip the rear end of the quad around, right? welcome to amargosa dunes.. softest sand in the free world. your right front tire just picks out a spot in the sand and starts searching for china while you, unfortunately, experience the dream of the wright brothers and fly through the air until you become one with the sand. hopefully you'll land on the same side of the dune that you were riding on. hopefully you'll be able to get back onto your bike and ride back.

have fun at the dunes. =)~

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^^^^^that is some funny chit right there.....now where are they again???? lol

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okay.. you're gonna travel down yonder on the 95 towards reno. be sure and do the posted speed limits in indian springs. after you pass mercury, the divided highway undevides and becomes a two lane highway where you'll continue on your travel stuck behind a very slow moving tractor-trailer that you cannot pass for a few miles. eventually, you'll see a sign that says: amargosa valley 17 miles." you're about 25 miles away from the dunes.

roughly 5 miles past the hoopla (a gas station/restaurant and some billboards) the road starts to turn around a mountain. a road, called valley view, will magically appear. if you're not going too fast, you can slow down just in time to turn without gettin' runned-over by people behind you. if you just got around the tractor-trailer and are traveling too fast to stop for the road, you can turn around a few dozen miles up the road, if the tractor-trailer driver lets you.

you travel down this here road exceeding the posted speed limit because you're excited that you're gonna have sand particles in your a$$ crack, ear canals, between your teeth etc. you're gonna see a few trails leading off the road towards the dunes.. don't take those. you gotta take the trail that has the "drawn on the road last year with chalk arrows that you can barely see because they're now faded." that would be the path that you passed because you were staring at that "damn that's a bigass pile of sand" dune that you're passing because you think you missed the turnoff that you actually didn't miss until you just missed it. don't worry.. you can turn around a few miles up the road, heh.

okay, now you're on the dirt road to the dunes! yes! you snake around this dirt road for about a mile until you come into a stalemate with another truck with a bigass trailer that doesn't want to move out of your way. when this happens, just flap your arms a few times while cursing and then pull off of the dirt road into the sagebrush bushes in a tazmanian devil style fury dusting your trailer and scratching the paint on your truck and pass him while he's still idling on the path and flipping you off. eventually you'll get to the area where the ground starts to get pretty soft, but is still too far from the dunes for your liking, so you just head forward a little bit more.

now you've found the perfect spot to camp at, because you're stuck up to the frame in sand. you get excited that you're finally there and without setting up your camp, you drag your bike out and ride full throttle towards that bigass pile of sand you've been staring at for half an hour. you decide full throttle isn't a good idea after you've left your buttock imprint into the seat from the thrashing you just took when you hit that half-mile long whoops track that you'll try and search for a new way around everytime you return to the amargosa dunes.

you're at the face of big dune now. you've massaged your buttocks and overcome the shock of how steep this dune looks, and you're ready to drive up this thing because you know your bike can make it up there, and you're a stud so why not! you twist that throttle until it's about to break the cable and fumble through gears until you've found one worthy enough of conquering this monstrosity. but there's a problem.. as big as this dune looks, the top of it comes at you awful fast! two things happen: you say "oh sh!t" and you release the throttle, hopefully doing the latter first. but you're a stud, remember? you turn your handlebars and whip the rear end of the quad around, right? welcome to amargosa dunes.. softest sand in the free world. your right front tire just picks out a spot in the sand and starts searching for china while you, unfortunately, experience the dream of the wright brothers and fly through the air until you become one with the sand. hopefully you'll land on the same side of the dune that you were riding on. hopefully you'll be able to get back onto your bike and ride back.

have fun at the dunes. =)~

holy crap! :headbang1::beerpint::blury::barf: awesome story! That's funny! I liked it. :beerpint::D

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SO YOU HAVE BEEN THERE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PLACE? :barf:

Edited by daknuckler

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