Heber Dunes SVRA

 COVID-19 Guidelines - (February 16, 2022)

Recreate Responsibly
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
  • Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
  • Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
  • Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Starting Feb. 16, 2022, state guidance requires masking for unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Fully vaccinated individuals are recommended to continue indoor masking when the risk may be high. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
  • Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place.

What is Open Now?

  • The park is open 7 a.m. to 5 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.
  • Group day use areas located near the Park Office and Youth Training Track are now open.
  • Limited special events, as permitted by County Health Orders
What is Closed?
  • Large special events, concessions and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

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.

Safe and Responsible OHV Operation

Safe and responsible OHV operation starts with proper training. The OHMVR Division has partnered with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of AmericaRecreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to provide Free ATV, ROV and dirt bike training. Each of the following SVRAs has at least one approved ATV training range and may have ranges for dirt bikes and/or ROVs as well:

For more information about OHV training, please refer to the following web pages.