BLM Invites the Public to Visit the Planet of Tatooine


Imperial County Film Commission

IMPERIAL SAND DUNES – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), El Centro Field Office, in conjunction with the United Desert Gateway and the Imperial County Film Commission, Invite the public to Star Wars Discover the Desert Day at the Buttercup Ranger Station in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

The event will be held on Sat., Jan.23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will conclude with a screening of Star Wars VI-Return of the Jedi starting at 4:30 p.m. The event will commemorate the filming of Return of the Jedi in the Buttercup Sand Dunes in 1982. The film site depicted the planet of Tatooine where a multi-tentacled alien beast with a gaping maw inhabits the Great Pit of Carkoon and consumes anything that falls in.

Tours to the film site will be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. along with an art show and family activities from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All activities will be conducted from the Buttercup Ranger Station located at Interstate 8 at the Gray’s Well exit. Please dress for the weather and food will be available for purchase from on-site vendors.

For further information please contact: El Centro Field Office (760) 337-4400 or, Charla Teeters, United Desert Gateway, (760) 337-4155



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