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  1. 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
  2. Friday morning update: chilly and cloudy. There's some W with high gusts. Here it comes. It's supposed to calm down later after about 6pm. Friday morning views from @goon_rider_69 Camp area from @bstecki
  3. President's weekend is starting out a bit wet, but the weekend should be nice. Current weather update and forecast: Thursday: Dumont received some overnight rainfall & "W" last night and drizzle much into Thursday. There are flash flood warnings in effect so expect more rain and W. Friday: There is no rain predicted but there will definitely be some W most of the day 10-30 mph. High of 62°! Saturday and Sunday: no rain and no W. Highs in the 50's and overnight lows in the upper 30's. The weekend is looking sunny and beautiful. Thursday afternoon entrance road & river crossing (submitted by Scott Mazick) Sand conditions submitted by @bs247365 via IG "Had rain last night. Sand is wet and hard. Going to make for some fast riding this weekend. .....that’s what she said. I know it was coming from someone. "
  4. Dumont was empty this weekend. The only visitors were a few duners and a little bit of rain.
  5. Windy last night but it has calmed down today some. Submitted via @dreaminlow54
  6. Update: Due to the government shutdown, the 4 Stroke Wars & Banshee Wars have been cancelled. There isn't enough BLM staff to oversee the event. Test n Tune: Friday Jan 18th 4 Stroke Wars: Saturday, Jan 19th, 10 AM at Banshee HIll
  7. According to a CHP news release, around 1:00 AM on Tuesday morning, two men from Sacramento were traveling up a dune south of Banshee Hill when the vehicle "rapidly approached the top of the sand dune and became airborne. When the Polaris landed on the back side of the sand dune, it began to overturn." The driver, 44 years old, was air-lifted with neck injuries while the passenger, a 40-year-old, was pronounced deceased at the scene. CHP believes alcohol was involved and the incident is under investigation. A second RZR accident resulted in another fatality late Wed night/ early Thursday morning...
  8. The dunes have a crusty top layer from some recent rain. Camp is empty of course and the sun is shining!
  9. For years, Dumont Dunes has had little to no cell reception. The closest cell tower is 10 miles away at Ibex Pass, which is not capable of handling the crowds that Dumont sees on a busy holiday weekend. The tower gets overloaded and even if you have full bars, your call most likely won't go through. On the non-holiday weekends, you can get decent service, but you have to be in just the right spot and have Verizon. If you have AT&T, the top of Comp Hill sometimes works. If you have any other service, you can't even make a call. This poses a serious problem for emergency situations. If someone needs help, the amount of time it takes to drive down to where there is good service may mean the difference between life or death. Well, all of that is going to change for the users and emergency personnel of Dumont. On September 5th, Katrina Symons, the Barstow BLM Field Office manager, signed the approval of a proposal that has been in the works for the last 6 years for the construction of a cellular tower to be constructed out at Dumont. We were thrilled when The Friends of Dumont Dunes had this exciting news to share today. Tom Gammon, Founder/President of InterConnect Towers, confirmed the project's approval and also stated that this is the largest and most complex cellular tower he has ever seen in his career! It will be located between the Southern point of the dunes Southeast of the Area of Critical Environmental Concern. It will be a shared AT&T and Verizon tower holding a complex network of SIXTEEN antennas! With an overall height of 195', it will provide much-needed coverage for the highway corridor along with the Dumont Dunes OHV recreation area for visitor entertainment and will be crucial to public safety. Groundbreaking starts in only 10 days and the project is scheduled to be completed by November 20th of this year. Many thanks to the Barstow BLM for getting this approved! Follow construction updates here,
  10. Halloween Weekend kicks off the 18/19 dune season at Dumont Dunes. With the cooler fall weather arriving, thousands of duners will be heading out to the dunes to celebrate the first big holiday weekend on Oct 27/28th. Trick-Or-Treating Although Halloween is officially Oct 31st (Wednesday), trick or treating is a Saturday night tradition at Dumont. So be prepared with a bucket of candy to hand out to the little duners and get into the Halloween spirit with your costumes and decorations. It's probably one of the most festive weekends of the season. The last two years have been some of the biggest turnouts in years. With all the extra excitement it's easy to get carried away out there so don't forget about the 15mph camp speed limit and general rules of Dumont. Look out for each other, keep your head on a swivel, and practice safe duning! We want everyone to have a fun weekend out there without anyone getting hurt. Trunk or Treat Friends of Dumont Dunes plans on doing their Truck or Treat again. Stay tuned for more details as it gets closer! Light up the Halloween Spirit Whether you are partying at comp hill, trick-or-treating from camp to camp, or cruising down vendor row or through the dunes, it's always fun to light up your ride! 1) LED whips are a must have these days! 2) You can use battery-powered lights to decorate your UTV, buggy or ATV. Go with orange, purple, or both! 3) Hang some Halloween colored lights on your RV or toyhauler. Season and Weekly Halloween passes If you plan on visiting Dumont any time between Oct 23 thru Oct 29th, you will need a holiday pass. 1. You can purchase a season pass with holidays ($120) or a weekly holiday pass ($40) good for the Halloween weekend dates from a participating off-site vendor. See a full list of vendors on our passes page. 2. You can also purchase a weekly pass from the self-serve machine at the Dumont entrance. Join the Halloween Discussion Share your Camp Coordinates with Your Friends Find where you'll be camped on the map and send this map with the coordinates to your friends so it's easier to find each other when headed out.
  11. 2018/2019 Dumont Dunes season passes are available through the BLM. To order a season pass from the BLM, call and order by phone 760-252-6000 or in person at BLM Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311 Passes will also be available through participating businesses. Call for availability. A complete business list is on the Dumont passes page. prices $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 Dates Oct 23 thru Oct 29, 2018 (Halloween) Nov 20 thru Nov 26, 2018 (Thanksgiving) Dec 25, 2018, thru Dec 31, 2018 (President's Day) Jan 15 thru Jan 21, 2019 (New Years)
  12. As summer slowly crawls to an end, fall is not too far off. The mornings are getting cooler and the triple digits will no longer be lingering at Dumont. Before you know it, dune season will be here! The season generally starts mid to late October, depending on the weather and how anxious some duners get. Halloween weekend, Oct 27-28, is the official kickoff for the season and you'll want to make sure you are 100% ready. Here are a few pre-season tips for things that often get overlooked. RVs/ Toyhaulers Test batteries and check water levels. Also, check your connections and cables Run your generator for 30+ minutes and check it under a load. Make sure it is charging your batteries. Turn on your fridge and make sure it works under both 12V and propane Inspect tires for cracks or separations and replace if needed. Drive your RV or pull your trailer around town 10+ miles at highway speeds and check afterward. check trailer suspension shackles for excessive wear. Removal of a nut may be required to see if the holes are stretched Check and top off propane levels. Inspect those hoses for leaks. Check all bulbs and electrical items to make sure everything is working properly Stock up on necessary pantry items. Don't forget TP & holding tank chemical! Wash sheets/ blankets Don't forget that RV TP! ATV's, Side x Sides, and Motorcycles Test/ replace battery clean air filter fresh oil change and check all fluids check and/or replace drive chains/sprockets or belt (RZR) check and/or replace brake pads Make sure all sand tires hold air. Air them up and recheck them after a few days. Add tire sealer if needed. Make sure registration is up to date and you have a good flag ready to mount. Check all lights. Don't get popped for a ticket at night for inoperative lights. Polaris RZR battery upgrade Sandcars Test/replace battery. Is it fresh and good to go for the season? fresh oil change clean and oil air filter repack CVs check (& change?) transmission fluid bolt check entire car check for oil or coolant leaks inspect hoses and belts check coolant level and fan operation check brake fluid level and pads check clutch operation check shifter & linkage check all lights check tires and add sealer if needed replace worn heims inspect frame for cracks verify current sticker or registration and you have a good flag ready to mount Trans Fluid for Some Transaxles Other Items Not to Forget About Season pass. Passes will be available late-September. Call the BLM at 760-252-6000 to order or visit a participating dealer. Season passes are not available at Dumont. Flags for all toys stock up on firewood beer Don't Get Stuck!
  13. It's a bit overcast this morning and there is a good chance of some rain coming in, but Dumont is empty right now and the dunes are nice! feature photo by @sand chick photo below by @sb2fast
  14. Lost dog, President's Day weekend. See info below in FB post.
  15. The Friends of Dumont Dunes and the Barstow BLM are hosting the 16th Annual Dumont Dunes Cleanup on Saturday, March 24th. Cleanup starts at 8:00 AM. Come out and give back to the place we all love so much. Volunteers get free admission to Dumont for the weekend and lunch will be served. Trash bags and gloves are provided by the BLM. Last Year's Cleanup Businesses Who Are Interested in Helping Sponsor the Cleanup
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