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Sand Mountain, Fallon

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Geologic Formation
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Sand Mountain is a singing sand dune 20 miles (32 km) east of Fallon, Nevada along U.S. Route 50. The dune is two miles long and 600 feet (180 m) high.

The sand originates from the ancient Lake Lahontan, that for the most part dried up 9,000 years ago. Sand Mountain Recreation Area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is open to off-highway vehicle use. The area is also the only home of the "critically imperiled" Sand Mountain blue butterfly. The ruins of the Sand Springs Station of the Pony Express are also located within the recreation area.

Off-road vehicle rules

Camp only in designated areas.

8 feet (2.4 m) whip flags are required on all vehicles riding in the dunes.

Do not burn wood containing nails, screws or other metal hardware.

Burning tires is prohibited.

Speed limit is 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) in camping areas.

Possession or use of any glass cup or bottle is not allowed.

Users must pay an area fee of $90 per year or $40 per week collected by the Bureau of Land Management.

Avoid riding in areas closed to motor vehicles.
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  • This is an amazing geologic site. If you got an all-terrain vehicle it seems like the place to come, although I didn't. There are plenty of places to park an RV for the day. This is not a sand dune.....  more
    This is an amazing geologic site. If you got an all-terrain vehicle it seems like the place to come, although I didn't. There are plenty of places to park an RV for the day. This is not a sand dune.....  more »
  • I've been to this site a few times already. Once, we camped in about 1983 or so. Quiet, w/o the ORVs. A great photo op for U.S. 50. to pass what time. Photos and stories at petesthousandpeaks.com... 
    I've been to this site a few times already. Once, we camped in about 1983 or so. Quiet, w/o the ORVs. A great photo op for U.S. 50. to pass what time. Photos and stories at petesthousandpeaks.com...  more »
Google
  • Bit of a drive, but also very cool. This is a single large dune of sand blowing across the desert. Popular place for dune-buggies.
  • Always a great trip. Lots of things to see if you venture out of the sand areas also.

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