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    Imperial Sand Dunes Volunteers

    It’s taken a lot of work from organizations like the American Sand Association (aSa) and many committed volunteers, but 40,000 acres of currently closed sand dunes are being reopened for off-road recreation.

    The aSa, in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, is looking for volunteers to start the process of removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Specifically, th small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. According to the aSa, the Buttercup project will also call for assistance with the re-installation of the critical habitat closure near the US/Mexico border.

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      ATV Trails Reopened

      While the threat of ATV trails closing gets a lot of attention, we are very pleased to report that the U.S. Forest Service has reopened 31 miles of ATV trails in Mississippi. The Rattlesnake Bay ATV Trails are located in the DeSoto National Forest.

      Area riders can thank the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay, which worked to serve as a strong and unified voice for the trail users.

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        Top 10 Sand Dunes

        Riding sand dunes on an ATV or a Side-by-Side is a freeing experience. You can pretty much cut, carve, climb and go wherever you want (within reason).

        Experiencing the G-forces at the bottom of a dune or carving a bowl at full throttle beats any roller coaster at Six Flags and sand dunes offer a lot of diversity compared to just riding on a track or a trail system.

        If you’ve never ridden sand dunes before, definitely pick a spot from our list and make the time to experience what millions of ATV and UTV enthusiasts make time for every year. Here is our top ten list of sand dune riding locations in the US.

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          Top 10 Off-Road Riding Locations

          Despite the ongoing battles to keep our OHV lands open, the truth remains that the United States is blessed with some of the most amazing ATV and UTV riding areas anywhere in the world. From the desert mud hills of Ocotillo Wells, California to the lush forests of West Virginia, each area on our list has its own unique draw and unbelievable scenery.

          Many of the areas on our list host jamborees and rallies throughout the year – we discussed some of them here. ATV/UTV events are a great way to experience new areas because the trail guides usually make sure to show the best that area has to offer. Whether your prefer riding by yourself or in large groups, these are 10 riding areas that you won’t want to miss.

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            Johnson Valley OHV ReprieveAccording to a report from the American Motorcyclist Association, the U.S. military can’t spend any money expanding a Marine base into the Johnson Valley off-highway vehicle riding area in California until the Navy files a report on off-highway riding with Congress.

            On Jan. 2, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (H.R. 4310), triggering a hold on spending and a 90-day deadline for the military to report to Congress on how its proposed expansion of a Marine base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., would affect off-highway riding at Johnson Valley.

            The language was inserted into the bill by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) with support from Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

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