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Sept 1, 2014

Halloween Weekend dates for 2014

This year Halloween falls on a Friday. The official Halloween weekend is Fri Oct 31- Sunday Nov 2nd. Trick or treating is usually on Saturday night, but the talk amongst the community is that Friday will be trick or treat night since that is Halloween. More information will be posted as it gets closer. Check in on our forum for up to date info from the community. 


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Aug 1, 2014

Summer is half over, Dune Season isn't far off

As we enter a new month, it's a reminder that dune season is that much closer! Yes, you are probably all soaking up the sun and enjoying your time at the lake or river, but you know you're just killing time waiting for those cool temps to come back around so you can hit the sand. Halloween marks the first big weekend of the season, but most die hard duners can't wait that long and start hitting the dunes even earlier.  Hang in there. Hopefully the sand withdrawals are under control.

July 1, 2014

Dumont Night Drags

Every summer duners start to get that itch to hit the sand again. It's called sand withdrawals. It usually sets in around the month of June. One way to get that sand fix is to go late at night after the triple digits "cool off" to...lower triple digits. That's exactly what a group of duners did. They lit up Banshee Hill and raced each other into the night. DDR member and Sand Sports Magazine contributor, Neal Rideout, was there to capture some of the action. Check out his photos in the link below.

www.nealrideoutphotography.com/night_drags_2014

 

March 22, 2014

Fatal side x side accident involving a 2014 Can Am Commander

On Saturday March 22nd around 1:45 PM, a 2014 Can Am Commander drove off the top of a razorback dune near the base of the Superbowl near camp at a very high rate of speed. The vehicle, driven by a 44 year old man from Los Angeles, was witnessed to have flown 20 feet in the air and approximately 75 feet before landing on it's roof. The impact killed the driver on impact and caused serious injury to the male passenger who was flown out to a Las Vegas hospital. His condition is unknown at this point. Neither men were wearing helmets. The two men were of Asian decent and it seemed that their group was only there for the day since they had flatbed trailers. Most of their friends and family did not speak English.

It is always very heard to hear of fatalities at the dunes especially when they could have been avoided. We urge all duners (especially new ones) to familiarize yourself with the rules and dangers of Dumont. We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the victims.

forum topic: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=19327 
 

March 21, 2014

DDR featured in Sand Sports magazine

Be sure to pick up the latest March/ April issue of Sand Sports Magazine. The Buggy Roundup group ride/ trip back in from December is featured. It was a great turnout and look forward to next year's Buggy Roundup. We anticipate an even bigger turnout. Good times ahead!
related forum topic here:
http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=19323

March 21, 2014

Spring has Sprung. Season winds down

March 20th marked the first day of spring. The good news? Warm weather and long days of sunshine. The bad news? The end of dune season is near. Don't fret though. If you are a die hard duner and just can't stand the thought of staying away from your favorite sandbox, keep your eyes on the forum and join in on our summer morning runs. We usually do at least a couple throughout the summer months. It's worth waking up at 3AM, trust us.

March 20, 2014

March 14-16 weekend report

Weekends in March are almost some of the best ones. The weather is always teetering between cool and HOT this time of year. Comfortable, warm weather in the dunes is rare. This weekend it was perfect. The dunes were super smooth from the recent winds and the crowds were small. Many of us took advantage and made a 3 day weekend out of it. The smooth dunes made for fast dune rides and steep razors which claimed a few sandrail components, but nothing that isn't fixable. For some of us this was our last trip for the season. Others plan on doing weekend trips until late April. Full trip report with pics and video here,  http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=19316

Feb 25, 2014

Dumont Cleanup, March 15, 2014 / 9AM

As some of you may have heard, the fate of the annual Dumont cleanup was unknown because of limited BLM involvement this year (new staff). Well we have some good news. They have released a statement saying they will be helping with providing a 40 yd dumpster, trash bags, gloves and water. It will strictly just be an effort for the cause this year which means no raffles, hot dogs, etc, but it will be happening nonetheless. We encourage everyone to participate and show some support for Dumont. More information on DDR.

Feb 3, 2014

President's Day Weekend 2014 - Dumont Dunes

It's one of the most looked forward to holiday weekends of the year, President's Day weekend. The Las Vegas Jeep Club will be hosting their 42nd Annual Jeep Jamboree Hills Climbs and Drag Races. Vendor row will be in full swing and you can expect a crowd of duners and crazies as usual. Let's not forget to keep those dunes clean and keep an eye out for each other. Stay safe and have a great weekend in the sand.

 

Feb 3, 2014

Cleanup Weekend fate still unknown

We are still waiting for confirmation whether the new Barstow BLM staff will be participating in this year's cleanup. Friend's of Dumont Dunes hosts the event every year with help from the BLM. So if the BLM chooses to not be part of, that may affect whether or not it actually happens. Cleanup Weekend is always on St Spatty's Day weekend for those who are planning their trip. We will keep you informed as soon as we know the official word on the annual event.

January 6. 2014

MLK weekend- the quietest holiday weekend of the year

It's not much of a big weekend, however a good handful of duners head out for MLK weekend to enjoy the dunes. Don't expect vendor row to be lined with merchants or comp hill to be going off at night. MLK weekend has always been known to be more of a duners weekend meaning less party atmosphere and more people hitting the sand. BLM still considers it a holiday so make sure you have your holiday pass and of course all the usual registration, flags, helmet, etc. Forum discussion: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=19105
 

December 4, 2013

Buggy Roundup - DDR group trip

Check the forum for more details about this group trip!

http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=18926
 

December 4, 2013

New Years Weekend

Time to celebrate 2014 in the sand! BLM declares the New Years weekend holiday blackout dates are Dec 28-Jan 3, but most are going out Dec 27-29, some staying through New Year's Eve.

 

December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving Day weekend report

Thousands of duners flocked to Dumont Dunes to celebrate Thanksgiving in the sand. Many would have it no other way. It is tradition for many duners to arrive early and spend the entire week out there and cook Thanksgiving dinner in camp. Some chose to load up the leftovers and roll out firts thing Friday morning. There was a steady stream of RV's and toyhaulers pouring in that morning. In addition to the thousands of visitors, Vendor Row seemed to be a little busier than in past years. It's good to see an upswing in things since the recession. Overall the attendance was still down from what it used to be like out there, but it may many more years for some to recover. It may have been the weather too that kept people away. The weekend before Thanksgiving, Dumont got some rain making for some pretty rough dune conditions. That didn't keep the Dune Masters group away though as they held their annual hill climbs with the waterpumpers.

More from Thanksgiving on the forum... http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=19027
 

October 26, 2013

Fatal Sandrail Accident Halloween weekend 2013

Thursday afternoon, October 24th, a 4 seat Funco sandrail with 2 occupants drove off of a steep dune causing it to roll several times. According to reports, the male driver sustained non-life threatening injuries during the crash and the female passenger was partially ejected causing critical injuries. Life flight was called in for the female passenger and she passed away enroute to the hospital.

forum discussion: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=18864
 

October 17, 2013

Govt shutdown ceases, services and BLM employees return at Dumont

As the government shutdown comes to an end, services and BLM staff will be returning to Dumont and it will be duning as usual. This means vendor row, EMT staff for Halloween, passes, etc. This couldn't have come at a better time. An estimated 15,000-20,000 duners pour into Dumont every Halloween weekend. Have fun and be extra safe out there, everyone!
 

October 15, 2013

Latest Dumont updates concerning the shutdown

Here is the latest on Dumont.
1. Dumont is open, however no services are guaranteed because of the shutdown. BLM rangers have, however, been coming and going checking on things. 
2. The bathrooms were unlocked as of Sunday, Oct 13.
3. Pay machines are turned OFF and no passes are required until the shutdown is over.

October 3, 2013

Is Dumont closed during the gov shutdown?

The big question on everyone's mind is "Is Dumont closed because of the government shutdown"? Well the answer is yes and no. Until the shutdown is over, there are no BLM services, permitted events, vendors, or medical staff on hand. Can you still go to Dumont? Well that is up to you. According to Friends of Dumont Dunes and the Barstow BLM, Dumont is not closed nor shutdown. More information on our forum here, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=18767&page=0 

If things change, they will be posted here or on our forum so stay tuned. But most importantly if you decide to go out to Dumont, BE EXTRA CAREFUL and abide by all the rules. They are there for your safety.
 

Sept 26, 2013

New Vendor coming to Dumont Dunes Vendor Row

We are happy to announce that one of our own site sponsors, GTP Offroad, will be coming to vendor row this season at Dumont! They offer such items as lighted whips, paddle tires, wheels, LED Light Bars, Turbo kits, service, and pretty much anything you need for your SxS, ATV, or sandrail. Stop by and check them out and say you heard about them on DDR and they'll take great care of you. Vendor Row has been dwindling over the past couple years due to the recession, but things are looking up and GTP Offroad is a fresh, new business that knows how to take good care of duners because they are duners themselves! Check out their website at www.goodtimesproducts.com
 

Sept 25, 2013

Halloween Weekend- Dumont Dunes

Halloween weekend is almost upon us! Many question which weekend it is. According to a recent poll and confirmation from the BLM, Halloween weekend is Oct 25-27 (the weekend before Halloween). So get your dune costumes ready, tune up those sand toys and don't forget candy for the Saturday night trick or treaters that will be coming through your camp! Dune season is finally here and Halloween is the first big weekend! Everybody be extra safe and have a great weekend in the sand.


 

Sept 25, 2013

Dumont Dunes Passes

For more info on Dumont passes, visit our Dumont Passes page, www.dumontduneriders.com/passes.html

Sept 25, 2013

DDR Buggy Roundup Dune Trip is in the Making!

Are you a buggy enthusiast? Love to run with a big group? Well chime in on the thread in Sandtrail Talk and join the rest of some DDR guys on a buggy trip. More details to come. As of right now we're thinking sometime in early December. Here's the link for more info! http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=18676

 

July 7, 2013

Halloween weekend?

It's now July and most of you are probably hitting the lake to cool off. Sand withdrawals should be setting in pretty soon unless they already have. The big question on many duner's minds is the first big trip, HALLOWEEN. Well since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, the last weekend of October falls on the weekend BEFORE Halloween. We've put together a poll and forum topic to nail down which weekend everyone plans to go out.

http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=18579#ipboard_body  
 

May 8, 2013

Summer is coming!

As we get into the summer months, not many of us think about doing any weekend trips to Dumont due to the heat. We think about hitting the lake or trail riding up in the mountains somewhere. Triple digits set in and Dumont isn't a very refreshing place to be. Temperatures get up over 120° in the summertime. However, if you are dedicated enough and love the sand that much, nothing beats a sunrise ride through the dunes in the summertime. Not a sole is out there and the dunes are the smoothest ever. Keep an eye on "Dumont Happenings" and hook up with the DDR group when we go out. We usually plan at least a couple each summer. It's always more fun and safer to go with a group. See you in the sand!

 

Jan 11, 2013

MLK weekend

It's not a busy weekend, but some duners make it a duning weekend and avoid the crowds.

forum discussion: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=18161

Jan 10, 2013

President's Day weekend 2013

It's one of the most popular weekends of the season at Dumont. It's been 40+ years since the Las Vegas Jeep Club started their annual Jeep Drags. This year will actually be 41 years!  Can you believe it?

Come on out and join the rest of the Dumont community that lines the dunes for 3 days to watch these guys battle it out every year. No matter how much the performance technology advances with sandrails or Jeeps, there is always a special feeling of nostalgia that the Jeep Drags bring to Dumont. Whether it be that certain grudge match from last year or the newest build that veterans "fear", there is always a strong competition and value of entertainment.

Nov 26, 2012

Las Vegas man dies at Dumont over Thanksgiving weekend

On 11/24/12, at approx 10:50 AM, Bureau of Land Management Rangers were flagged down and notified of a collision between a quad and a sand rail in the Competition Hill area of Dumont Dunes. Baker Ambulance responded and found the driver of the quad, 40 year-old Craig Sauve of Las Vegas, Nevada, unresponsive. He was transported to the Dumont Dunes Command Station to await transportation via helicopter to a medical facility. During this time, he went into cardio respiratory arrest and advanced cardiac life support was initiated. The driver did not respond to treatment and was pronounced dead at 11:38 AM. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

All of us at DDR send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Craig. May he rest in peace and never be forgotten.
 

More information on our forum: http://www.dumontdu....showtopic=18034

 

Nov 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend 2012 is here!

Time for horsepower, sand, and turkey! Duners from all over are eager to pour into Dumont and celebrate the holiday Dumont style. Stay posted on the forum for live updates and pictures from the weekend. You can also follow us on Facebook.

forum link for Tday

 

Nov 6, 2012

Veteran's weekend finally brings in the cool weather

Maybe you can say dune season has finally come. With highs in the upper 80's last weekend, it sure doesn't quite FEEL like dune season yet. Well, get ready for a quick dip in temperatures. The highs will be going from the 80's down into the 60's this weekend. Vetaran's Weekend is never a very busy one, but expect a handful of duners to be going out to get their next fix of sand since Halloween weekend has passed.  

Weather forecast for the weekend

 

Sept 17, 2012

Forgot your DDR log in name or password?

If you forgot your password, click this link, Password Recovery Link and you can reset it yourself using the email sent to you.

If you forgot your login name, please e-mail pete@dumontduneriders.com with "Forgot my Login Name" as the subject.

  Sign in here!
Aug 1, 2012

Halloween weekend and the Fox family's DUNESHAUNT 2012 is getting closer

Wondering what weekend Halloween is going to be celebrated at Dumont this year? Well, traditionally it is always the last weekend of the month in October. Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year so expect the crowds to be celebrating Halloween weekend Oct 27-28th. The Fox family is once again putting together an even bigger and better DUNESHAUNT. Be sure to stop by and check it out. They do a spectacular job every year.

More info on the DUNESHAUNT 2012 here, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=17651&hl=&fromsearch=1

 

June 1, 2012

Don't gloom in June

OK, we admit June isn't the prime time to spend an entire weekend out at Dumont. However...it is a great time to hit the dunes early in the morning. Keep an eye on the forum and get in on a group dune ride put together by members. You might even be able to hitch a ride with someone and carpool making it a cheap, quick fix. The temperatures do get up in the triple digits, however the mornings are very nice and allow for a few hours+ of great riding on some virgin sand!

March 19, 2012

Cleanup weekend was a success despite the crappy weather!

Despite the crappy weather forecast, the 10th Annual Dumont cleanup presented by Friends of Dumont Dunes was a success! A special thank you goes out to the president of FoDD, Terry Allen. Year after year he puts in many many hours of his time helping to keep Dumont clean, safe and fun place to dune for us and future generations. Many thanks also goes out to all the dedicated duners who put in their time and effort on Saturday cleaning up our sandbox. Cleanup reports are starting to trickle in on DDR. Post up and let us know how your weekend went! http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=17375

 

Feb 19, 2012

10th Annual Dumont Cleanup Presented by FoDD

It's the 10th annual Dumont cleanup! Friends of Dumont Dunes in cooperation with the BLM will be hosting the annual cleanup ay Dumont. Come on out, sign up and help make a difference and give back to Dumont. All volunteers get in free to Dumont that weekend. Free lunch, raffle prizes and trophies will be given out as well.

more info: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=17246
 

Feb 19, 2012

Fatality on Comp Hill President's Day weekend

On 02/17/2012 at 10:45 PM, in the Dumont Dunes off road vehicle area in rural Baker. Nicholas Sean Blanchette, age 24, a resident of Riverside was riding an ATV on the "Competition Hill" and struck a sand rail broadside at about 40 MPH. The ATV rider was ejected from his vehicle. Paramedics that were stationed in the area responded to the location and transported the driver to their first-aid station and then pronounced him dead at 11:25 PM. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. The driver's name will be released when next-of-kin has been notified.

forum topic: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=17271

source: http://www.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/coroner/pressrelease.asp

Dec 27, 2011

New Years Weekend, 2012 is here!

What better way to start the new year than out at the sand dunes. The weather forecast is looking very good with little to no wind and highs in the 70's. The dunes are currently very smooth and razored out so the lines should be nice and flowing. Be safe and happy new year, everybody! New Year's Eve thread

 

Dec 27, 2011

Christmas Eve Ride Report

Click on the photo for a complete ride report with with pictures!

 

Nov 30, 2011

Fairly mellow Thanksgiving weekend, but still plenty of action

This year was a bit more mellow out at Dumont Dunes compared to previous years. It may be because some people make a week long trip out of the holiday due to more time off. Some of the crowd was on the way out while duners passed them heading in for the holiday. Many duners use this time to relax at the dunes too.  Dune Masters group put on their annual showing with their "slow drags" style hill climbs at comp hill.

There were a few reported accidents as expected on a holiday weekend. The weather was great but the dunes became hammered from all the dune traffic.

Nov 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend 2011

Bust out those deep fryers and start planning your Thanksgiving dinner for the dunes! It's one of the most traditional weekends at Dumont Dunes. Since Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday, many duners make a full week out of the holiday weekend.

Nov 2, 2011

Four Stroke Association's Rumble to the Summit

Four Stroke Association's Rumble to the Summit takes place Nov 12 at 10:00 AM. It is located at Banshee Hill and usually runs all day long until mid/ late afternoon. Spectators are welcome to come out free of charge, but must stay back behind spectator lines. For more race info go to www.fourstrokeassociation.com/forum/  or www.dumontduneriders.com/events.html

 

Nov 2, 2011

Veteran's Weekend: Nov 11-13

With dune season well underway, we approach the second holiday weekend of the 11-12 season, Veteran's weekend. It isn't a big, busy weekend like Halloween, but it is a nice weekend for duning and for those who don't like the crowds. Four Stroke Association's Rumble to the Summit is also that weekend so you can check out some super fast quad drag races on Banshee Hill. Note: entrance fee is waived if you go out ON Veteran's Day, however you may have to still pay if you stay all weekend.

 

Nov 2, 2011

BLM: Very large turnout for Halloween Weekend

BLM reported the most season passes sold in years. Since the recession and huge slow down of visitors at Dumont, this Halloween showed an increase in duners over the past 3 years. With over 3600 vehicles on their ticker and an average of 3 people per vehicle, it is safe to say there were over 10000 visitors at Dumont for Halloween weekend.

 

Nov 1, 2011

Fox Family's DUNESHAUNT was a huge hit

The Fox family put an enormous amount of time into preparing and setting up their haunted house and graveyard setup for Halloween weekend at Dumont Dunes. Their goal was to set up an even bigger and better display compared to their last year's which got destroyed from the high winds. Well, this year they went above and beyond everyone's expectations! They had everything from a giant military tent converted into a haunted house full of props and scary monsters to a full on graveyard out front with additional decorations and light displays. Hundred of duners lined up throughout the night waiting to check out the haunted house and a total of over 1000 people ended up coming through! The price was right too....FREE! The Fox family did this as a family fun project and also to give back to the community. It was by far a huge success and they already have plans to make it even BETTER next year. Two thumbs up for such a cool thing to do for all the fellow duners of Dumont. All of us at DDR thank them very much! More pictures and discussion here
 

Oct 11, 2011

Haunted Graveyard at Dumont Halloween weekend

The Fox family, members of DDR, are putting together their own haunted graveyard in their camp Halloween weekend. Their haunted graveyard will be on display for duners to see and experience Friday and Saturday night. Last year the weather did not cooperate and ended up destroying all their works so this year they are stepping it up and are even more prepared and will have even more elaborate decorations. Be sure to stop by and check out all their hard work. The kids will love it. Admission is free. Their camp is usually just to the right of the main entrance road across from bathroom 10. For updates and pictures of their progress check out the forum, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=16511

 

Oct 4, 2011

Halloween Weekend marks the first big weekend of the season

Now that October is finally here, Halloween is fast approaching. It is the first big weekend of the season and, for most duners, is their first trip back to the sand box. Kids usually trick or treat on Sat night and comp hill becomes packed with partiers in full costume.

 

Oct 3, 2011

Service determines Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service News Release

Contact: Lois Grunwald, 805/644-1766, ext 332
SERVICE DETERMINES MOJAVE FRINGE-TOED LIZARD DOES NOT WARRANT PROTECTION UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that it has completed a status review of the Amargosa River population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia) and concluded based on genetic evidence that the population is not a distinct and separate population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard and as such cannot be considered for listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Service made this finding after a thorough review of all the available scientific and commercial information on the species.

In May 2006, the Center for Biological Diversity and a private citizen petitioned the Service to list the Amargosa River population as a distinct population segment (DPS) under the ESA. In January 2008, the Service published a 90-day finding that concluded that the petition contained substantial information to indicate that listing may be warranted. In the 12-month finding, the Service concluded the Amargosa population does not constitute a DPS. 

A DPS is a subgroup of a vertebrate species that is discrete from other populations and significant in relation to the entire species. The ESA provides for listing species, subspecies, or distinct population segments of vertebrate species.

The Service asks anyone with new information regarding the status and threats to the Amargosa River population and the species overall to submit it to the Service. This information will help the Service monitor and encourage the ongoing management of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard. 

The population of Mojave fringe-toed lizards that resides near the Amargosa River occurs at several dune complexes on Bureau of Land Management land about 30 miles north of the city of Baker. The lizard also occurs at Ibex Dunes, which is within Death Valley National Park. 

The Mojave fringe-toed lizard species is native to southern California deserts and a small area of western Arizona. It is widespread geographically across this region in Inyo, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties. In Arizona, the species occurs in La Paz County. The Mojave fringe-toed lizard species is not listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA. 

The Mojave fringe-toed lizard is in the family of North American spiny lizards. It is distinguished from other fringe-toed lizards by crescent-shaped markings on the sides of its throat and a conspicuous dark black spot on the sides of its belly. The lizards are believed to live out their entire lives in sand dunes or other sandy areas. During breeding periods, the bellies of the adults are yellow-green and their sides are pink. At other times, the lizards’ color mimics the sand dunes, rendering them nearly invisible to predators. 

The lizard feeds on insects, seeds and flowers. Annual plant species provide important forage in the spring. It derives most of its water from eating insects and plants. 

An advance copy of the 12-month finding can be viewed online today at the Federal Register Public Inspection Page. <
http://www.ofr.gov/?...CookieSupport=1> When the finding publishes in the Federal Register on October 4, it will be available athttp://www.fws.gov/ventura or at http://www.regulations.gov. For further information about the Amargosa population of the Mojave fringe-toed lizard and this finding contact: Michael McCrary, Listing and Recovery Coordinator, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office by mail at 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 92003 or by calling 805-644-1766. 

The Service is working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species Program, visit 
http://www.fws.gov/endangered/<http://www.fws.gov/endangered/> . 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit 
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-FWS- 

Sept 15, 2011

Cooler temperatures indicate DUNE SEASON is near!

It is that time of year. We all sit patiently, waiting for September to end. But before we know it, the triple digits are gone and it is dune season again! This has been a mild summer so let's all hope October starts out cooler than it usually does. Last year was very warm for "kickoff weekend", but if the temperatures cool down soon enough, we may all be in for an early start at Dumont Dunes.

 

Sept 7, 2011

DAC meeting to discuss user fees at Dumont Dunes

On September 10th, there will be a California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) meeting in Barstow, California.
The focus of this meeting will be user fees.
The DAC will be taking public comments on the following topics associated with user fees.
 
  • What's working and what needs improvement for the BLM's user fee policies in the California Desert?

  • What feedback does the DAC have about current fee schedules and any proposed changes?

  • What are the suggestions for ways that BLM can communicate and administer fees more effectively

Comments on how the program could be changed and improved to be more effective will be helpful to the DAC members, such things as:
 

  • Desire for a second vehicle permit

  • Desire for a daily permit fee

  • Better notices of fee program details

  • Advanced notices of fee changes

  • Reports of where the fee revenue is spent

At the last Sub-Group meeting, the BLM reported:
 

  • They spend more to provide services than is collected from all sources of funding.

  • They are falling behind in maintenance and improvements due to funds received.

  • User fees have not been raised for many years.

  • User satisfaction surveys have dropped from previous levels to near 84%

You may address the DAC in person at this meeting, or, you may mail your written comments to the California Desert District BLM office at:
Desert Advisory Council
c/o Bureau of Land Management 
External Affairs 
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos 
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Information on the location of the Barstow meeting and field office reports are available on the DAC website:
DAC website
The information provided to the DAC will help the DAC members better understand the public's concerns and recommendations for changes to the user fee programs at recreation areas in the California desert.
This is your opportunity to inform the BLM of your views on fee increases.

 

Sept 7, 2011

Would you like to keep Sperry Wash the way it is, OPEN for riding?

Show your support and help protect our rights as off-roaders by showing up for the BLM/ public meeting in Tecopa on Sept 14th at 7PM. Let's keep Sperry Wash the way it is.

 

BLM Schedules Public Meeting Seeking Input on Amargosa River Management Plans

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a public scoping meeting in Tecopa, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7-8 p.m., to garner comments for developing a management plan for the Amargosa River area.

BLM’s Barstow Field Office is initiating a joint management plan for the Amargosa Wild & Scenic River (WSR) and Amargosa River Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The WSR and ACEC are located in northeastern San Bernardino and southeastern Inyo Counties, Calif., near the communities of Tecopa and Death Valley Junction. The plans will guide management decisions and actions affecting the river and surrounding areas. The BLM is inviting public input to help identify resource conditions and management issues to be addressed in the joint plan.

BLM anticipates that the planning process will take approximately one and a half years to complete; while input throughout the planning process is welcome, comments received during the initial scoping period – Sept. 1-30, 2011, will prove more beneficial to the planning process. Comments may be submitted in writing to Chris Otahal, BLM Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311; however, e-mails to
amargosa@blm.gov are preferred. A short presentation regarding the planning process will be presented at the scoping meeting and " written comments will be solicited, but oral comments will not be taken".

The public scoping meeting will take place at:


Tecopa Community Center
400 Tecopa Hot Springs Road
Tecopa, CA 92389


The joint plan will consist of 1) a Comprehensive River Management Plan (CRMP) for the Amargosa WSR and 2) an Implementation Plan for the Amargosa River ACEC. Wild & Scenic Rivers are designated by Congress to protect their free-flowing condition, water quality, and “outstandingly remarkable values.” The Amargosa WSR, designated in 2009, possesses “outstandingly remarkable scenic, geologic, recreational, fish, wildlife, cultural, and historic values.” The BLM is responsible for preparing a CRMP to protect and enhance the values of the Amargosa WSR. 

ACECs contain historic, cultural, or scenic values; fish or wildlife resources; or natural systems or processes of substantial significance and value. The Amargosa River ACEC was established in 2002 to protect the important resources of the Amargosa River area. The implementation plan will define management goals for the ACEC and outline a long-term action plan to strategically implement those goals.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

 

More discussion and information here, http://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=16578

 

Sept 6, 2011

2011-2012 Dune season is coming! Are you ready?

October is right around the corner and you know what that means, DUNE SEASON! That's right. Better start running those RV generators, looking over the sand toys and making to-do lists, and get back into the and groove soon so you are ready to go as soon as the cool weather hits!

July 25, 2011

3rd Annual ATC70 Regatta write-up

It's been a few months, but check out the recently completed write-up from the 3rd Annual ATC70 Regatta presented by DDR. It will for sure get your blood pumping and get you in the spirit of the ATC70. Maybe it will inspire some to get going on a summer project for the 4th Annual ATC70 Regatta planned for early February! Date and details will be posted in the beginning of the season.

 http://www.dumontduneriders.com/70cc-regatta-3rd-annual/report.html
 

July 25, 2011

Night Drags round 2 of the summer

Get ready for round 2 of the night drags at Dumont! It's the second time this summer that racers will be lighting up Banshee Hill and racing into the night. There will be a full moon too. With the daytime temps over 100 degrees, it's the only way for some to get a sand fix. The date for this is Saturday night, Aug 13th at Banshee Hill. For more info visit the forum or YFZTech.com.

 

June 12, 2011

Dune in June Report

There's something special about Dumont in the middle of summer at sunrise. It's more than just the awesome smooth sand and epic riding conditions. It's the magnificent view of the morning sun illuminating the dunes and making them come to life. It's the peaceful, relaxing solitude that you don't find between the months of October and April.  It's a lot of things. You can't fully appreciate it and understand it until you've experienced it for yourself.

Saturday, June 11th was a great day to ride. The temperatures weren't too high and there was a decent breeze all morning which kept it pretty cool. There were some annoying gusts at times, but fortunately they were short and spaced apart. As the sun rose in the morning it was only 72 degrees. The camp area was empty with the exception of one truck with bikes. Riding was limited to a slower pace than normal. The dunes were steep and had sharp transitions. Some areas were so soft it would slow your bike down unless you were hard on the throttle.

Out at the North Pole, decorations and items from last season still hang on the pole. There is still the memorial cross and chest protector from a fallen duner, Chuck Piddisi. It hangs as a reminder how dangerous our playground can be and as a memorial for Banshee Boy. Surrounded by it are many American flags and many pairs of shoes hanging above.

Picking your lines is much different in the summer. The dunes don't have those rideable paths on top like many are used to in the middle of the season. Duning consists of hopping back and forth over many razorbacks. It can be pretty dangerous for amateur riders. Navigating takes a lot of experience as well. Knowing how the dunes swirl and form witches eyes and drop-offs is crucial. It sounds crazy, but it is an adrenaline rush.

As the shadows got shorter, so did the ride time. It became very difficult to read the dunes as the sun got higher. The dunes become very bright and there is no contrast in order to negotiate the terrain. Sticking to the bigger stuff like bowls and big dunes was the plan at this point. It still wasn't too warm to pack things up just yet so we rose until about 12:30. Some duners and racers started to show up for the night drags which were to take place that night.

All in all, it was a fun ride and nobody got hurt. Check the forum for more pictures and trip details.

LINKS

forum trip report

pictures

 

June 3, 2011

Dumont Fencing project to start in August

Beginning sometime in August, the cable and post fence project will begin construction. The BLM is putting up fencing in the critical areas of habitat along the boundaries at Dumont. This will help make duners aware of areas they should not enter and will keep vegetation and wildlife untouched. There are two areas where cable and post fencing will be installed; 1) at the south end near the mine and continue towards the Salt Creek Mountains, 2) Out beyond the north pole along the old TRT railroad berm.

 

June 1, 2011

BLM/ Dumont Advisory Committee/ public meeting July 9th, 2011

Every few months the BLM meets with the DAC group to discuss concerns at Dumont and open discussion for improvement with BLM related topics. The meetings are always open to the public and there is an opportunity for public comment. However, these meetings are usually on a Tuesday and are held in Barstow. For many duners it is very difficult to attend. The BLM and DAC have created an opportunity for a Saturday meeting this July. The meeting is at 10AM, July 9th, 2011 at the Bartsow BLM office, 2601 Barstow Rd. Duners are encouraged to attend as it is very difficult to schedule Saturday meetings and this is a rare occasion. So please come out and bring some positive feedback if you have some.

 

June 1, 2011

DDR forum becomes more mobile friendly

Now you can surf the DDR forum using the Tapatalk app. In addition to the regular already-mobile version of DDR, which some of you already use, you can now use the Tapatalk app. It's $2.99 for the full/ ad-free version in the app store or market so check it out if you want. It's available for Blackberry, Android, and iphone users. It offers a few other features that our mobile version does not so give it a shot if you are always on the move and need a DDR fix.

 

Feb 28, 2011

Redbull Renner Freeride Tour checks in at Dumont Dunes

On Feb 24-26th, Motocross superstar and X Games Gold medalist, Ronnie Renner, made a stop at Dumont Dunes as part of the 2011 Red Bull Ronnie Renner Freeride tour. Renner and other top riders, such as Tommy Clowers, Tom Parsons, Miles Richmond, Steve Haughelstine, Whacker, and Brian Brimhall, hit the dunes scouting out places to go big. Read more!

 

April 25, 2011

Chuck Piddisi Memorial Ride report

    

Recently in a tragic accident at Dumont Dunes, the dune community lost a fellow duner and great friend of many, Chuck Piddisi. Chuck's family planned a memorial ride for him on Saturday, April 23rd. Family and friends were overwhelmed with the turnout of riders that showed up for the ride. Everyone rode in Chuck's honor out to the north pole.

Chuck's daughter, Candice, had recently fixed her father's Banshee back up and rode it that day on the memorial ride. A cross and marker was placed at the north pole as a memorial for Chuck and as an added reminder to duners to always ride with extra caution when enjoying the magnificent dunes of Dumont.

 



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