Heber Dunes SVRA

EFFECTIVE (September 4, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. The park is open for vehicular recreation with restrictions.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Heber Dunes SVRA:

What is open now?
  • The park is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Trails, routes and open spaces are now open for recreational use.
  • Restrooms and shower facilities are available. 
  • Picnic tables and shade ramadas are available for day use.
  • The Youth Training Track is open for recreational use.

What is currently closed?
  • Group day use areas located near the Park Office and Youth Training Track are closed.
  • Special events, concessions and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:

  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Welcome to Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area!

Heber Dunes SVRA, located three (3) miles north of the Mexican border crossing at Highway 7 (Calexico/Mexicali) in Imperial County, is the most recent addition to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. This 343 acre SVRA is especially popular with ATV riders; however, some dune buggies, utility vehicles and motorcycle riders also visit the park.

Heber Dunes SVRA offers a variety of recreational challenges including winding trails through the creosote studded sand dunes, large "fine sand" sand dunes, and dry lake beds with hard packed clay. Riders are asked to use caution on the narrower trails where visibility is limited, and all ATV riders are required to use whips/flags as a safety precaution at the park.

The park is for day use only—no camping is allowed.  Visitors are reminded to exit the park prior to sunset when it closes and the gates are locked.

Note: Some former uses of this park are prohibited for the safety of the public, including: recreational shooting, hunting, and paint ball related activities.

Summer and fall weather is usually hot and dry with average temperatures ranging from the high 70s to low 100s. July is typically the warmest month.  Temperatures during the winter months range from the high-to-low 70s to the mid-to-low 40s. On average the most precipitation occurs in January. Spring weather varies with temperatures ranging from the low 50s to the low 90s.

Available Facilities
Facilities available at Heber Dunes SVRA include shade ramadas with BBQ pits and picnic tables, and restrooms.  A mobility accessible ramada is located adjacent to a paved turn-around facility.

An additional shower/restroom facility was completed in 2009. This facility offers running water, flush toilets and coin-operated showers.

Fires are permitted in approved containers only. Burning or possessing pallets is prohibited.