The Amargosa Big Dune covers about five square miles (3,200 acres) in Southern Nye County, about 29 miles south of Beatty on U.S. 95. Dispersed camping is allowed, no ADA accessibility. Firm sand dunes provide good riding, paddle or sand tires recommended for best experience, but not required.
The Big Dune Beetle is listed as a sensitive species and the BLM has posted signs identifying the Big Dune Beetle habitat area. The beetle was proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1978 and the entire Big Dune Complex was proposed as critical habitat for the species. Off-road vehicle use was identified as the largest threat to the species at the time.
Please do your part to keep Amargosa Dunes open by staying out of this area and on the designated trails in the area.
Plants and the dune itself are very important for survival of these rare beetle species. All four Big Dune beetle species rely on dune plants for survival. The plants provide food and mating sites and, when covered with sand, shelter and food for their larvae.
The entire dune is protected as a BLM designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Within the ACEC, a five-acre area on the east side of the dunes has been set aside specifically for protection of these species. More information on the ACEC.
South of Amargosa is the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Only street-legal, licensed vehicles are permitted within the refuge boundary.
Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management
BLM Field Office - Tonopah
1553 South Main Street
Tonopah, NV 89049
Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. For local regulations regarding OHV use on county roads, visit the Nye Co. website.
Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.