OHV Sand Camping at the Oregon Dunes

Sand Camping Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Sand Camp At The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area?

What Are The Sand Camping Regulations?

How Do I Get A Site?

Why Designate Sand Camping Sites?

Where can I Find More Information?

Where Can I Sand Camp At The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area?

Sand camp sites are located directly on the sand, dispersed along the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Camping access is by 4X4 on soft sand only and is allowed by reservation only during peak season in designated campsites. Paved overnight parking or overflow parking is not available for vehicles unable to access the sand camping sites. The maps below shows the areas of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (NRA) that are open to motorized use and the location of the designated sites for sand camping.

Oregon Dunes Designated Routes Geospatially Enabled PDF (geoPDF) Maps

North OHV Riding Area Map – Siltcoos to South Jetty

Middle OHV Riding Area Map – Umpqua Dunes 

South OHV Riding Area Map – Horsfall – Spinreel

What Are The Sand Camping Regulations?

  • Comply with the regulations for vehicles operating off-highway in the State or Oregon. State of Oregon OHV permit required for off-road vehicle use
  • Please bring all necessary equipment including water, portable toilets and fire pans. There is no drinking water, restrooms or fire rings; please bring all necessary equipment including water, portable toilets and fire pans
  • Please bring garbage bags; this is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Occupancy check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out time is 1:00 p.m.
  • Sound limit at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is 93 decibels
  • Camp only within designated sites, and within 150 feet of site posts.
  • Drown campfires with water; do not burn cans or bottles.
  • Standard sites are limited to 5 vehicles/20 people. Group sites are limited to 10 vehicles/40 people
  • Site use is non-transferable, revocable and fee is non-refundable.
  • Violation of conditions may result in a citation, fine and/or revocation of permit.

How Do I Get A Site?

From May 1 to September 30 sites are reserveable online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1.877.444.6777. Reservations are necessary for holiday weekends, and are highly recommended in the summer to secure your favorite campsite. From October 1 to April 30, 2017 all sites are first-come first-serve. During the “walk in” season you can check reservation boards at fee stations to determine site availability.

TIP: When reserving a site through Recreation.gov, request the site by access area plus "sand camp." For example, to request a site located in the Umpqua Access area, request or search for "Umpqua Sand Camp." For the Hauser Access area, "Hauser Sand Camp," for Siltcoos Access, "Siltcoos Sand Camp."

Group Sites

Group sites can be reserved online year round at www.recreation.gov or phone 1.877.444.6777. There is a $9 reservation processing fee.

Why Designate Sand Camping Sites?

  • To help maintain dispersed sand camping, staging and riding opportunities
  • To improve visitor accountability through regulation
  • To promote resource protection
  • To enhance public safety

people around camping trailer

Where can I Find More Information?

Find out more about the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area including hiking, camping and beachcombing.

Contact Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center if you have further questions.





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