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Halloween Weekend 2019 Dumont Dunes

Dune season is here and will be kicking off at Dumont Dunes Halloween weekend. Oct 26-27 is when duners will be heading out for the first big trip of the season. Be sure you have a holiday pass if you plan to visit Dumont between the dates of Oct 22-28, 2019. Get into the festive fun with a fun costume and don't forget to bring plenty of candy for the trick-or-treaters. While many families still go camp to camp, the BLM & Friends of Dumont Dunes will be holding their 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat near Vendor Row so you don't want to miss that. 
 
While the newly constructed cell tower should be fully operational soon, the anticipated "on-air" date will likely be sometime in November. Phone carriers such as Verizon and AT&T have been deploying their services to the new tower so we'll have to wait and see when the new tower will be fully functional. We'll be sure to keep you posted if we hear anything new. 
 
The clock is ticking so get those RVs and dune toys ready! Halloween weekend will be here before we know it. 
 
Get Ready!
Decorate your rig, stock up on candy, and don't forget to be sure your pup is visible at night!
 
 
 
Watch the Weather
Keep an eye on the weather. Halloween can be great weather, but you never know. Sometimes it's hot!
 

 
 
Grab a Holiday Season Pass or Weekly Holiday pass
Season pass with holidays: $120
Holiday Weekly Pass: $40

 
 
Stoked?? Join the Discussion
 
 

2019-20 Dumont Season Passes Now Available

Dune season is here! Be prepared for your first trip out and get your season pass now. 
 
2019/2020 Season passes are available through participating vendors and the BLM.
 
weekly
$30 for a weekly pass for any non-holiday week
$40 for a weekly pass that includes a holiday weekend

season
$90 for a season pass with holiday black-out dates
$120 for a season pass that includes holidays
   
A Holiday Pass Is Required on These Weekends & Dates
Halloween: Oct 22-28, 2019
Thanksgiving: Nov 22-Dec 2, 2019
New Years: Dec 31, 2019- Jan 6, 2020
MLK Weekend: Jan 14-20, 2020
President's Day: Feb 11-17, 2020
 
 
 
Where to Buy Season Passes
Note: Season passes are not available online or from the on-site machines at Dumont. Some vendors have had them available at vendor row on busy holiday weekends in the past, but availability isn't guaranteed. It is best to purchase your pass ahead of time from an off-site vendor or the BLM directly. 
 
Barstow BLM
Call and order by phone 760-252-6000 or in person at BLM Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311
 
Season Pass Vendors (pending stock availability- call first to verify they have them)
 
Las Vegas
Johnnie Walker RV, 4784 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV. 89121  Phone....702-436-2495 Carter PowerSports, 6775 South Decatur BLVD, Las Vegas, NV. 89118, Phone..702 795-2000  
Baker, CA
K&Y Country Store (76 station across from Mad Greek in Baker) 72129 Baker Blvd, Baker, CA 92309 Phone 760-733-4252 Grewal Travel Center (76 Baker Travel Plaza), 72363 Baker Blvd., Baker, CA. 92309 Phone 760-733-4505 Valero Service Station, 71808 Baker Blvd., Baker, CA.  92309 Phone 760-733-4542  
Pahrump, NV
Parker Kawasaki, 1201 S. Hwy 160, Pahrump, NV. 89048  Phone 775-537-6686  
Shoshone, CA
Shoshone General Store, Highway 127, Shoshone, CA. 92384, Phone 760-852-4224
The fine print
You need a pass for each vehicle driven into the dunes. You do not need passes for your trailer and green sticker vehicles in your truck or trailer, but only for the primary vehicle you drive in with when you enter and exit. All passes must display your last name and the license plate number of your vehicle. Passes can not be given to someone else. Passes may be taken from you by BLM employees if you violate a rule at the dunes. FEE MACHINES WILL ONLY SELL WEEKLY PASSES. ALL ANNUAL PASSES MUST BE BOUGHT OFF-SITE. Day passes are not available. You must purchase a weekly pass    
CA Non-resident OHV Use Permit Stickers
If you are not a resident of California and your OHV is not registered in your home state, you are required to have a California "Nonresident" OHV Use Permit to legally operate your vehicle. Note: If you already have another state's registration or sticker on your vehicle, it is honored at Dumont, therefore you don't need a CA non-resident sticker. 

 
Cost
$30
 
Places to buy your CA Non-Resident OHV stickers
1 )ProShop Motorsports & Marine, 575 W Lake Mead Dr., Henderson, NV 89015 (702) 564-8895
2) DuneMart at vendor row usually has them.
3) The visitor center may have them on busy, holiday weekends. 
4) http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/1234/files/nonresident-vendor-list.pdf

DDR Needs Your Help

We Almost Pulled the Plug on this site!
Please Donate to Dumont Dune Riders
 
All donations go directly towards the costs associated with recovering our domain name and maintaining the site.
 
Donate with Paypal
 
Donate with Venmo
 
No Paypal or Venmo? Donate here.
 
UPDATE!
We have reached our goal to cover the expenses!
Thank you guys for donating.
Any additional donations will still go towards the site to cover our hosting/ maintenance expenses.
 
What Happened?
During the month of September, the company that was in charge of registering and renewing our domain name failed at doing that (even after billing us), therefore our domain was let go and picked up by a company that buys & sells domains.  Our domain was long gone and we no longer had control of it. At that time, our only choice was to hire a domain broker. They contacted the new owner and were able to negotiate a price for us to buy it back.  That price, however, wasn't cheap. It cost us thousands to get it back. I (Pete) debated on shutting the site down altogether. Changing the name was an option, but the amount of work involved in re-configuring the site would have been tremendous. I decided to pay the price and continue to keep this site going because so many people use it and enjoy it. It is a job I do without any pay and it often requires much of my time and energy, but I felt it was the right move to keep it alive. So now we have recovered our domain name and have managed to get the site back up after a long and stressful week. If you are a member or use the site, please donate whatever you can to recovering these extremely high and unexpected costs. I will continue to do my part and keep this site going for everyone in the dune community. I never feel right asking for money. In the 14 years the website has been going, we have never asked our members for a single cent, but this time we truly need your help. Even if it's $5, it helps! 
 
What else can you do besides donate?
Stay active and get involved on the site. The future of this site depends on the people who use it. Social media is great, but it doesn't quite offer what DDR does. Many people lurk on the site every month just to read posts, get information about Dumont, browse the classifieds, etc. We are the central hub of Dumont Dunes. That is why we want to keep it going. So start a conversation on the forum or join in on one. Get to know the awesome people we have here as members. Got something to share? Please share it! 
 
Sponsors Needed
It costs about $200-250 a month to keep DDR going. We have our own dedicated and reliable server that isn't cheap. Software and plugins constantly need renewing and updating. There are many things required to keep us online. Site sponsors help cover our costs to run this site and we only have a few. If you are interested in becoming a site sponsor, we offer affordable advertising packages to advertise your business on our website. 
 
If you have any questions at all, please contact Pete via our contact form or PM me.
 
Thanks for your support, guys!
 
Pete Greep
Dumont Dune Riders founder/ site owner

Halloween Weekend & Holiday Dates for the 2019-20 Dumont season

Start planning your 2019-2020 Dumont season now. The holiday weekend dates have been confirmed by the BLM. Many have asked when the official Halloween weekend is and it is October 26-27 weekend, the weekend before Halloween. After Halloween we have Thanksgiving, New Years, then MLK and President's Weekend in 2020. The 2020 cleanup date has not been set, but it will be in mid-March. Keep checking back on our site for more upcoming Dumont events.  
 
Dates when a holiday pass is required
Halloween: October 22-October 28, 2019 (since Nevada Day is the last Friday in October, there will likely be staff the following weekend as well. Holiday passes will not be required that weekend)
Thanksgiving: November 26-December 2, 2019
New Year’s: December 31, 2019 - January 6, 2020
Martin Luther King: January 14-January 20, 2020
President’s Day: February 11-February 17, 2020

Dumont Cell Tower Gets Closer to Completion

Many duners have been anxiously awaiting to hear news that the Dumont cell tower is up and running. Although early reports stated it would be completed in November 2018, that was not the case. Towards the end of the 18/19 season we saw that the service access road was completed, but that was all. Then in March, we saw they were pouring concrete at the top of the hill and that was an exciting and big step towards more progress.
 
It is now May and we recently received word that the tower has been placed on the hill south of the camp area at the big dunes/ memorial hill area. The tower was installed using a crawler crane. Originally they were going to use a helicopter, but that would have involved additional permits which caused more problems and delays. 
 

 

 
High speed coverage for all should be available by Fall of 2019!
 
Tom Gammon, president and founder of InterConnecting Wireless, advised us a perimeter fence goes in sometime in June. Phone carriers will soon thereafter start installing their equipment for the cell tower to be functional. AT&T is looking to start their full equipment install or deployment in July.  This takes 90 to 120 days until phones work or all is fully completed. Verizon should be installing everything this fall and T-Mobile is in the process of working on doing the same. All 4 carriers will provide service as Sprint “roams” on Verizon and T-Mobile does that on AT&T! 
 
September 2019 Update
Latest update: As we already know, the tower is fully constructed and ready for the carriers to install their equipment. Both Verizon and AT&T have signed leases and are deployed right now. The cell tower project manager cannot predict "on air" dates, but he is very optimistic for service to be up and running by Thanksgiving. Let's hope it all gets done earlier than that so we can see it functional for Halloween weekend. Fingers crossed. 
 
Related: Cell Tower Construction Updates, https://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/news/cell-tower-construction-updates-r163/
 
 
 
 

Cell Tower Construction Updates

In the beginning of the season, users of Dumont Dunes were very excited to hear about a new cell tower going in at Dumont Dunes. Shortly after the announcement, we were told it was going to be finished by November 19th, 2018! In early November, we received some selfies from a well-dressed project manager in a cowboy hat. 😆  The photo showed the completion of the access gate and the road that was graded to the top of a mountain just south of the big dunes.
 
Nov 2018: Service Access Road
 
 
 
When November 19th rolled around and there was still no cell tower, we weren't very surprised. That sounded way too good to be true. We did, however, get an updated from the BLM stating the tower would be installed and functioning by April/May of 2019. That sounded much more realistic. Throughout the season, however, we saw no work being done and we wondered if there was some sort of holdup. Would this cell tower actually be done this season...or ever? Duners were very eager to get out to the dunes and stream movies I guess. I was getting multiple messages before every holiday weekend asking if it was done. I would send everyone the following photo of the last update of their "tower". It's a photo of the top of the barren mountain where the cell tower site will be.
 
Feb 2019: The Cell Tower Site & Construction

 
It is now March and I can finally share some good news of some progress at the cell tower site. Over cleanup weekend, truckloads of cement were being hauled into Dumont. The trucks were driving out to Dumont from Las Vegas. It was taking them 3 hours to get there at which time the cement was quickly poured into front end loaders and hauled up the steep access road to the cell tower construction site. From the looks of it, the forms are in the ground and the foundation will be ready for the tower very soon. According to the BLM, the cell tower will be helicoptered in and set on top of that mountain. So it looks like that April/ May completion date may be a reality after all! We will keep you posted on the progress.
 
The cell tower will be a great addition for Dumont users not only for selfies and live stream dune videos, but for emergencies and better communication in the dunes during breakdowns and recoveries.
 
Here are the photos from the progress on March 16th, 2019. 
 
March 2019: Pouring Foundation Concrete 
 
 
 
  
 
 
May 2019- Tower is Up!

 
 
September 2019: Verizon and AT&T Install Equipment
Latest update: As we already know, the tower is fully constructed and ready for the carriers to install their equipment. Both Verizon and AT&T have signed leases and are deploying their services. The cell tower project manager cannot predict "on air" dates, but he is very optimistic for service to be up and running by Thanksgiving. Let's hope it all gets done earlier than that so we can see it functional for Halloween weekend. Fingers crossed. 
 
October: Waiting For Service 
As dune season approaches, everyone is very excited for the new tower to be done. While we would love to see five bars and 4G over Halloween weekend, we'll likely have to wait until sometime in November for the tower service to be fully functional. We are guessing that by Thanksgiving it should be working. That is when the project manager and BLM estimate the tower to be 100% operative. 
 

 
 
Forum Discussion
 

Volunteers Come Together for 17th Annual Dumont Cleanup

As another season comes to a close, volunteers joined forces with the BLM to make Dumont a cleaner place. Friends of Dumont Dunes president, Jason Ardenski, recently injured his knee and was unable to put in his usual hard work and amazing efforts. It was looking like the cleanup event might not even happen this year until a few key people stepped in. FoDD Vice president, Heather N Siders, and Jimmy Lynn of Lynn Construction catered lunch for everyone who came out. The Barstow BLM made sure there was a large dumpster as well as trash bags, gloves, and the usual items needed to clean up. 130 volunteers signed up to help clean up the dunes. While the dunes seemed to be a bit cleaner this year, some of the camps and high traffic areas became much less littered with debris and a good haul of trash was brought in. A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved this year. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dumont Dunes Gains Additional Protection Against Closure

On March 12th, 2019, President Trump signed a bill that protects OHV users and ensures that Johnson Valley, Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley OHV areas can not be shut down by a future administration. This is great news for every OHV user of Dumont, especially those younger and future generations.
 

 
"The California Desert Protection and Recreation Act is the culmination of over five years of work in Congress by Rep. Cook, as well as over a decade of work by supporters on the ground. This landmark legislation creates the first national system of Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation areas and designates or expands six Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Areas in the California desert. These are Johnson Valley, Spangler Hills, El Mirage, Rasor, Dumont Dunes, and Stoddard Valley. " Read More
 
Source: https://cook.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/president-trump-signs-rep-cooks-public-lands-legislation
 
 

17th Annual Dumont Cleanup

At the end of every dune season, the Friends of Dumont Dunes and Barstow BLM hosts a cleanup event for Dumont Dunes. It's a tradition that has been going on for 17 years now. If you enjoy the dunes and would like to help us clean up the dunes or camp area of Dumont, come join us on Saturday morning for a few hours. Volunteers will get free entry to Dumont on March 15-17. Lunch will also be served!
 
When: Saturday March 16th, Check in starts at 8:00 AM
Where: At the Dumont visitor center/ ranger station area
 

 
Info from Friends of Dumont Dunes...
 
*** UPDATE ***
RE: Dumont Dunes Clean-up March, 16th 2019
As some of you already know, I suffered a pretty bad knee injury two weeks ago. I will heal but unfortunately I am unable to walk, let alone drive for the next 4-6 weeks at best.
Unable to put on the clean-up as I have in the past I proposed a few workarounds to the amazing staff at the BLM Barstow Field Office immediately following my injury. I have received word today that the BLM in conjunction with some FoDD board members and some great friends will be teaming up and taking on the role and ensuring that the clean-up will take place in my absence.
The food menu will be changed to a simpler hot dog/chili dog/nachos/chips/water configuration and their will not be a quick draw this year.
I apologize for the inconvenience, however, I would like for you and your family/group to continue to join in the mission of participating in the clean-up, making it a great time and enjoying doing the right thing for the place we all love.
I will make sure that next year's clean-up will be the biggest and best yet to make up for this last minute change.
Thank you for your time and support! I'll see all of you in October at the Trunk or Treat Season Opener!
Jason Ardenski
President
Friends of Dumont Dunes
 
 
 

 
 
 

MLK 2019 Weekend: Four Stroke Wars & Banshee Wars cancelled

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. This year it is on the 21st. MLK Weekend is never very busy. It is actually quite peaceful and most look at it as a "duners holiday weekend". It's a chance to escape the crowds and get some quality duning in without the added stress of traffic in the dunes.
 
UPDATE: The Banshee Wars and Four Stroke Wars have been cancelled due to the government shutdown. There isn't enough BLM staff to oversee the event.
 
A few things to keep in mind for MLK weekend 2019
 
Holiday Pass required: MLK Weekend is designated a holiday weekend by the BLM meaning a holiday pass is required. The holiday pass dates for MLK are as follows: Jan 15 thru Jan 21, 2019 
 
Government Shutdown: Please not that if there is still a government shutdown, there will be no staff to clean the restrooms or restocking of TP, so make sure you bring your own. Please remember to always practice  "pack it in/ pack it out" and haul your trash out. There will also be no fire or medical staff on site. Use 911 for emergencies.
 
Weather Forecast: http://www.dumontduneriders.com/weather/

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