Big Dune

photo by DespayreFX

photo by DespayreFX

One of the best dunefields in the Vegas area is just off U.S. 95 about 2 hours north of Vegas, just past Amargosa Valley, down a well-marked turnoff marked “Big Dune.”


If you’re looking to shoot at some sand dunes, these are a good bet — they’re fairly remote, free to access and even free to camp out at (unlike Dumont). You can reach the site by a good dirt road that just

photo by DespayreFX

photo by DespayreFX

about any car could handle, but you’ll have to hike into the actual dunes, unless you have 4WD — the sand for about 1/4 mile around the dunes is very soft.


The only downside to these dunes is that they are open to off-road vehicle traffic, so you may have to deal with a few sand-railin’ rednecks. But the place feels relatively unspoiled nevertheless.




Boy scouts photo by MG Imagery

Boy scouts
photo by MG Imagery

Also, one time I came here to shoot and there was a troop of Boy Scouts camping out…which made the Scoutmaster very nervous. The photographer I was with promised him we’d hike out pretty far for our shoot, away from the prying eyes of the pubescent boys…but wouldn’t ya know, those little fuckers still came sniffing around. I guess they were trying to earn their merit badge in Perving!

GPS: 36.648737, -116.581145

Wonderhussy rating: 8/10

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