EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved, Tuesday, August 4, a letter to the US Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California Department of Parks and Recreation requesting input on upcoming tourist seasons regarding federal and state recreational areas and activities.

According to Imperial County CEO Tony Rouhotas, the County is home to the largest mass and most popular sand dunes in the State — the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, also known as the Glamis Sand Dunes.

He said Glamis is an annual hot-spot for off-highway enthusiasts across the country. The season typically starts October 1 and concludes April 15.

Additionally, dove hunting season draws a large crowd of non-residents as Imperial County is a popular destination for hunting dove. The first half of the split season normally occurs in the first two weeks of September. Hunters throughout the State and surrounding states visit the Valley for the outstanding dove hunting locations dove populations.

Four state recreational areas are completely or partially located throughout Imperial County.

“Due to the number of cases that we are experiencing in Imperial County, the lack of plateau or decline in our cases, and the concern of reaching or exceeding hospital capacity, there is a sense of reluctance to encouraging additional visitors to our community,” said Rouhotas.

The letter inquired regarding the different departments’ plans to allow access to its federal recreational lands in Imperial County later this year.

The letter said in part, “Although Imperial County has implemented all state mandated guidelines and best practices and has adopted some stricter health orders than the State in its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are still greatly struggling in the battle against the virus.”

The County Board of Supervisors authorized the letters asking for the departments’ intentions to mitigate the spread of the virus with the potential, temporary influx of visitors to Imperial County. The supervisors’ requested additional conversations with representatives regarding the topic.

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All of my friends and my self that visit Glamis many times ever year are very aware of how important it is to practice social distancing, it would sad if it were closed !

I can't think of better place to be this winter


Majority of all duners,,, have already masked up, for many many years....while out in the Imperial Sand Dunes. Many years before the Covid-19 pandemic... Please put that into perspective, while thinking about what to do this 2020-2021 dune season coming up.

This is just my opinion, if the Imperial Sand Dunes, do not open up this season that will definitely hurt the economy, for those small towns that get us our final/almost forgotten items before we get to the dunes.

We, do understand you all have a tough situation right now, of what to do.

Prayers for all that the Imperial Sand Dunes will be here for us this 2020-2021 Season.



The majority of those visiting the dunes do not visit the communities and may or may not stop for gas or supplies. We visit the dunes and have little or no interactions with ur communities, I see no issues.

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