Heber Dunes SVRA

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park continues to be temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this park is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Stay Local: Walk or bike into the park. Do not drive to the park.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the park or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.

Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.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.