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President's Weekend 2023

It's the last big holiday weekend of the season!
 
Besides Halloween, it's always been one of the biggest weekends at Dumont. Although the Jeep races and hill climbs are longer happen on President's weekend, you'll still see the crowds of duners, some of your favorite vendors, and action on Comp Hill. Don't forget to swing by the sand highway (between comp and North Pole) at 3PM for the unofficial daily drags. It's nothing more than duners lining up and racing, but it's a new trend at Dumont that everyone seems to love. Stay safe and pack out what you pack in. There is no trash collection at Dumont so we must keep our playground clean if we want to enjoy it for years to come. Be sure to post up some photos from your trip on the forum and tag us on Instagram!
 

 

MLK Weekend 2023

MLK weekend is not the holiday where you'll see huge crowds and partying. Instead it's more of a duner's holiday. It's a weekend to run the dunes and enjoy the weather (if it holds out). There should be a couple vendors showing up but still come prepared. Make sure you have a holiday pass because this is one of the five holiday surcharge weekends. As always, have fun, be safe and share your pics and videos on the forum, our Facebook group or tag us on Instagram. 
 
 

New Years Weekend - Ringing in 2023 at Dumont Dunes

Time to ring in 2023! New Year's Eve falls on Saturday night this year. How perfect is that? New Years' weekend is not as big as Halloween, but it still brings a decent-sized crowd. It's usually the coldest weekend of the year, but this year the forecast is showing highs in the 60s! You will still want to load on plenty of firewood though. In addition, you'll need a holiday weekend pass. Vendor Row should have a handful of vendors on site so be sure to stop by and show your support. And although fireworks are illegal out there, you know plenty of them will fire off throughout the night, so take extra caution with your pets. Keep them on a leash or indoors so they don't run off. 
 
 ⛅ Dumont Weather Forecast
 
⛽ Places to Get Water, propane, services, etc near Dumont
 
🎟️ Dumont Passes
 
🗺️ Dumont Maps
 
 
Don't Lose Your Dog!
Keep Them On a Leash and In a Lighted Harness.
 
 
 
 
And Don't Forget Those Ridiculous New Year's Eve Party Supplies
 
   

Thanksgiving 2022 Hill Climbs, Sand Drags and Santa!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is a week-long dune trip for some groups when friends and families gather at the dunes to prepare their annual feasts. Catch the waterpumpers in action as the Dune Masters and Sand Pipers clubs compete in their annual hill climbs and drag races. 
 
Friday: Drags on the back stretch start at 10:00 AM
Saturday: Hill Climbs on the steep, left side of Comp start at 10:00 AM
 
 
 
And don't forget, Santa will be at the North Pole on Saturday, 11/26/22, from 10am-1:30pm only

 

10th Annual Buggy Roundup

Calling all sandcars! Come join us at Dumont Dunes for our 10th Annual Buggy Roundup. The Buggy Roundup is an annual Dumont trip when all the sandcar people are invited to come out and camp together as a group. We'll be camped together across from bathroom 10, just off the right side of the entrance road. This trip gives the buggy guys and girls of Dumont a chance to meet each other and run the dunes together for a full weekend without the crowds. So don't be a stranger. Every year we have new people join the camp and end up leaving as friends. 
 
 
Details below
 
 
 
There is no set schedule of events, but it will likely go something like this...
 
Arrive as early as you'd like. Some get there as early as Tues or Wed. Just don't go hard and break your car before the weekend!
 
Friday
Group rides: Link up and get some group rides going. 
 
Saturday
8:00 AM -~10 AM: Sandcars and Coffee: Pull your car into the center of camp. (Or park it there the night before) Feel free to bring out some donuts or breakfast treats to contribute if you'd like. Just don't go nuts. Grab some coffee, say good morning to everyone, and check out all the buggies. This gives everyone a chance to wake up and get the day started. We'll also have raffle tickets for some prizes that we'll be giving away later in the day so come to the tent in the middle of camp to grab yours. 
 
10 AM Group Ride: Join the group as we'll form the biggest train of buggies you've ever seen. We'll do a full dune run (slow to medium paced cruise) from the south end all the way through the dunes to the north pole. 
 
Saturday Afternoon: The rest of the day will include dune trivia, a raffle and more group dune runs! Dune trivia will give you a chance to win additional raffle tickets. The raffle prizes will be given out shortly after trivia. 
 
More info to come as it becomes available
 
Buggy Roundup/ Camp Rules
Those that wish to camp with the group for Buggy Roundup must agree to the rules set by us, Dumont Dune Riders.
 
1) Don't be a d*ck! We've never had an issue with anyone at buggy roundup, but we will not tolerate any BS. We are there to have a fun weekend of duning and hanging out with each other. You will be asked to leave camp if you cause problems.
2) No loud music. We all love to have a good time and party, but please be respectful of others in camp. We cram alot of RVs into one place and all have different tastes in music. 
3) Unsafe driving or behavior will not be tolerated. This includes no passing on group rides unless you can do it extremely safe while giving that person plenty of room (ie: cut an entire dune to do it. Don't catch them by surprise.)
4) No side x sides in the group rides, photos or Sandcars and Coffee. We get asked this every year so I feel I need to say it. If you have a side x side, you are not UNinvited. If you love buggies, you can absolutely come out and camp with us. Please just understand and respect that this is a annual event for buggies. 
 
 
Want in? Here's what you need to do.
 
1) RSVP as GOING here...
 
2) Bring your buggy to Dumont and join in on the fun. Don't be a stranger. Park with the group. If you don't know anyone, just ask for PETE
 
 
Camp Location

 
Join the Discussion
 
 
Video from Buggy Roundup 9
 
 

Halloween Weekend 2022

Halloween weekend kicks off dune season at Dumont Dunes Oct 29-30 weekend. Although the official holiday is Monday the 31st, Halloween night at Dumont is Saturday night, Oct 29th. This is the night you'll find trick-or-treaters going camp to camp and duners in costume over at Comp Hill having a good time. There has not yet been any word of a truck or treat at vendor row, but the original tradition of decorating camps and kids/ families trick-or-treating has never stopped. Halloween weekend always brings out thousands of excited duners which means we always have to take a little extra caution. Keep your head on a swivel but most importantly slow down around camps and other duners. Holiday weekends can be a little crazy and chaotic, but also safe and fun at the same time. 
 

photo: vegasskip
 
Halloween Checklist
 
First things first, you will need a holiday weekend or holiday season pass for Halloween weekend. But after you pick up one of those and have the toys ready, it's time to get in the Halloween spirit!
 
Decorations
 

 
Candy
 

 
Costumes
 

BLM Introduces Option To Purchase Passes Online

The Bureau of Land Management Barstow Field Office has implemented a much more convenient way to purchase your Dumont Dunes pass. You can now go to Recreation.gov and get your pass online before you even head out for the season.  The fees will remain the same. There is a small service fee, but the total still comes to the same for the pass.
 
Purchase on Recreation.gov:
https://www.recreation.gov/activitypass/e210305d-b769-11eb-87ed-16dbf55c498d
 
NOTE: Here is what you can do if you purchased a pass through recreation.gov and they sold you a pass with the incorrect (last years) dates.
Per the BLM, all season passes receipts will be honored and exchanged for the 2022-2023 season. They are still trying to figure out the system. No need to worry about a refund. As long as you have your receipt that you paid through recreation.gov, BLM will exchange for a hard copy season pass at the gate.
For those who have not purchased a season pass but plan to buy yours through recreation.gov, I would wait until October 1st to purchase. Hard copy season passes will still be available through off-site vendors sometime over the next few weeks.
 
Dumont Dune Annual pass season is Oct. 1-Sept. 30
Weekly passes are $30 
Non-holiday annual pass is $90 
The annual pass that includes holiday weekends is $120   
 
The holiday weeks are:
Halloween: Oct. 25 - Oct. 31, 2022
Thanksgiving: Nov. 22 - 28, 2022
New Year's: Dec. 27, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023
Martin Luther King Jr.: Jan. 10-16, 2023 
President's Day: Feb. 14-20, 2023
 
More pass information on our passes page. 
https://www.dumontduneriders.com/invision/passes/
 
BLM press release
https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-implements-online-pass-purchase-option-dumont-dunes-and-el-mirage-highway-vehicle?fbclid=IwAR1_lZ-9Ml2cFlzC57x_5BZwHM-gkc8EzknsCXbfBjMgCpRxHNKj4Wt9Gok

Dumont Dunes Entrance Road Paving Project

The Federal Highway Administration recently announced a project that will put a smile on many duners faces. After many years, the entrance road to Dumont Dunes is finally getting paved. If you are a regular of Dumont, chances are you have experienced the 4 miles of teeth chattering, washboard road that has done damage to many trailers and RVs. The condition of the gravel road is always changing and requires much maintenance. We even have an entrance road update post here on the forum where users rate the road in using a A-F grade. It's not too bad when it gets bladed, but that is usually before holiday weekends and sometimes it doesn't even get done. While this brings relief to 99% of Dumont users, some worry the entrance road will bring even more of the crowd that abuses Dumont Dunes. There's an old saying, "good roads bring bad people".  Let's just hope that doesn't happen and everyone respects the dunes and the rules/ laws are followed and enforced. 
 

Dumont entrance road with an "F rating"
photo: sand chick
 
The Project
The paving project will begin summer of 2022 and hopefully we'll see it finished by fall 2022. 
 

photo: Federal Highway Administration
 
Funding
The first thing that comes to mind anytime there are improvements made to Dumont is "who's paying for this?" Well the good news is the roughly $3,000,000 project is funded by the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) for the Bureau of Land Management and it is not coming from the users of Dumont Dunes.  
 
Thoughts?
Do you love it? Hate it? What are your thoughts? Please comment below or visit the topic on the forum and let us know. 
 
 
Updates
Aug 2022:
The public should be aware of the pending road construction when planning a visit to the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle area. The area will be open to the public; however, there may be some delays along the road and at the river crossing.
“The BLM is excited to have this infrastructure project underway,” said Associate Field Manager Jeff Childers. “We will be working closely with the contractor to ensure access to the Dumont Dunes OHV area throughout the construction process.”
https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-and-fhwa-begin-construction-dumont-dunes-road
 
Oct 18,2022: Paving is almost done!
 
 

Thanksgiving Weekend 2021 Dumont Dunes

The 2nd big holiday weekend of the season, Thanksgiving, is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is usually pretty chill but semi-crowded. It's a weekend (or week for some) to gather with friends and family out in the sandbox and spend time with each other. Most people will deep fry a turkey or make a feast for camp.
 
A tradition that has been happening for 52 years is taking place again. The annual "waterpumper" hill climbs and drag races will be happening Friday and Saturday. The Dune Masters and Sandpipers clubs will be meeting again for another year! The schedule is as follows...
 
The following events are only open to members of the club, but you are welcome to watch!
Friday 10AM: Drags on the back stretch of the sand highway heading towards North Pole. 
Saturday 10AM: Hill Climbs on the left, steep side of Comp Hill
 
 
 
 
Learn more about the history of the waterpumper.
 
 
 

Buggy Roundup 9: Dec 10-12, 2021

Calling all sandcars! Come join us at Dumont Dunes for our 9th Annual Buggy Roundup. The Buggy Roundup is an annual Dumont trip when all the sandcar people are invited to come out and camp together as a group. We'll be camped together across from bathroom 10, just off the right side of the entrance road. This trip gives the buggy guys and girls of Dumont a chance to meet each other and run the dunes together for a full weekend without the crowds. So don't be a stranger. Every year we have new people join the camp and end up leaving as friends. 
 
Join the discussion and RSVP 👇
 

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