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Halloween Weekend Launches Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Season

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Ghosts and goblins along with plenty of trick-or-treats will be evident during the upcoming Halloween weekend, Oct. 29-30, 2011, as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) launches another recreation season at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) in Southern California.

As visitors return from a summer off from dunes recreating, BLM officials are quick to emphasize key messages that ensure a safe visitor experience.

imperial_dunebuggy"We look forward to the thousands of visitors having a fun safe season." said BLM El Centro Field Manager Margaret Goodro. "The start of the season is a perfect time to remind folks to stay safe and have a great ride."

As part of the key messages and safety effort, the El Centro Field Office will add a new twist to its continuing education and outreach program by distributing thousands of brightly colored Frisbees sporting safety messages.

These messages remind visitors of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, encourage visitors to wear seat belts/harnesses both on and off road, and to slow down to 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of camps or people.

Neil Hamada, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Manager, also encourages visitors to be especially cautious, of both the crowds and the constantly changing terrain.

"Visitors should take care to scout areas for drop-offs that may not have been there last season," he said.

ATV Safety Certification Training will be offered free of charge to California residents aged 6-17 years old on Oct. 29-30, at both the north and south dunes, and on Oct.29 at Superstition Mountain in the west desert.

Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state.

Formed by windblown sands of ancient
Lake Cahuilla, the dune system extends for more than 40 miles in a band averaging five miles wide. Widely known as "Glamis" and a favorite location for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, the dunes also offer fabulous scenery, opportunities for solitude, and a home to rare plants and animals.

Situated east of the Imperial Valley agricultural region, the dunes are bordered to the west by the Coachella Canal, a waterway diverting Colorado River water to fertile agricultural lands further north. A major east-west route of the Union Pacific railroad skirts its eastern edge, a time-worn testament to the impediment the dunes once played to travel between San Diego, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz.

www.blm.gov/ca/isdra for more information.

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