Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

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Coordinates: 43°18′43″N 120°25′55″W / 43.31203°N 120.43183°W / 43.31203; -120.43183
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes 01, BLM, 2008.jpg
Bureau of Land Management, Lakeview District
Country United States
State Oregon
County Lake
Elevation 4,318 ft (1,316 m)
Coordinates 43°18′43″N 120°25′55″W / 43.31203°N 120.43183°W / 43.31203; -120.43183
Area 18 sq mi (47 km2)

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes are a natural sand dune complex covering 11,000 acres (45 km2) of public lands east of Christmas Valley in Lake County, Oregon, United States, about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Bend. The area is accessible via the Christmas Valley National Back Country Byway.[1] The dunes are up to 60 feet (18 m) high.[1] It is the largest inland shifting sand dune system in the Pacific Northwest.[2] The dunes are composed mostly of ash and pumice from the eruption of Mount Mazama that formed Crater Lake 7,000 years ago.[3] Approximately 8,900 acres (36 km2) of dunes are open to vehicles.[3]

Administration[edit]

The area is part of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Area of Critical Environmental Concern and the land around nearby Fossil Lake is closed to vehicles.[1] The BLM-administered lands also include the Lost Forest Research Natural Area to the east of the dunes.

Recreational use[edit]

The dunes are available for off-road and ATV recreational use.[4] The road (Blm rd 6121) has been updated with gravel and the dunes can now be accessed during most of the winter and spring months.

A $10 Oregon ATV operator permit may be required. A valid driver's license in addition to an Oregon DOT helmet for persons under 18 years of age.[1][5]

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