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    Fun Fact Friday | Star Wars while they filmed in Buttercup

    “Building the set at Yuma was an enormous project… Over Thanksgiving holiday when we first erected the fence around the set, there was a reported crowd of 35,000 dune buggy enthusiasts there. We needed to camouflage ourselves from the public and to schedule our shooting to avoid stray dune buggies creeping into a shot in

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    Fun Fact Friday | Star Wars Filming Near Yuma

    The filmmakers decided to stay in sand dunes around Yuma for making Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Buttercup Dunes, California was used as the filming site for the Great Pit of Carkoon sequence on the Dune Sea. Filming took place in April 1982, though construction had taken place over the previous five

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    Pholisma sonorae, also known as Sandfood, is a rare and unusual species of flowering plant endemic  to the Sonoran Deserts to the west of Yuma, Arizona. Sand food lacks chlorophyll and is parasitic on roots of desert perennials, usually shrubs. The Sandfood which grows in Imperial Sand Dunes and Algodones Dunes , its fleshy stem extending up to two meters-six feet below

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    Desert Bighorn Sheep

    The desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) is a subspecies of BigHorn Sheep. The Desert BigHorn Sheep lives in the desert Southwest regions of the Arizona, California and in the northern regions of Mexico. The characteristics and behavior of desert bighorn sheep generally follow those of other bighorn sheep, except for adaptation to the lack of water in the desert:

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    Imperial Sand Dune Cleanup Scheduled January 19, 2013

    United Desert Gateway has annual and semi annual clean ups. They have open invites to any off-road enthusiasts and or volunteers for the 16th annual Sand Dunes Cleanup on Jan. 19, 2013. The annual cleanup should be an important date on any off-road enthusiast’s calendar. Cleaning of the dunes is vital to the sustainability of

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    Thousands Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes on New Year's 2013

    The numbers are in! The El Centro Bureau of Land Management park ranger station has the final numbers for Imperial Sand Dunes visitors for the 2013 New Year’s holiday weekend. 117,730 visitors came to the  popular riding area. They were greeted by cold and partially rainy  weather at the dunes that weekend. The number was

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    Concerns grow over Big Horn Sheep population.

    The Kofa Wildlife Refuge has conducted a new survey shows there are about 428 desert bighorn sheep on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arizona. The data indicates the numbers are  up from the 2010 survey estimate of 402 sheep. Kofa bighorn sheep surveys have been conducted since 1981.

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    Teenager loses his life on a dirtbike accident.

    It really sad when we hear of people passing away, It seems to be a bigger shock and loss when it is a young man. This past weekend Austin Vaughn lost his life while riding his dirtbike.  Police say 18-year-old Austin Vaughn was killed on Friday  as he was riding his dirt bike in a

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    Imperial Sand Dunes Changes 2013 Law

    Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area riders should be aware of new changes being made to the State of California and it’s riding areas. The new state law regulating the use of OHVs is effective Jan. 1 2013 and will require all occupants in OHVs known as side-by-sides, ROV or UTV to wear a 5 point

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    BLM to hold meeting for ISDRA proposed price hikes

    The Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office’s Desert Advisory Council will be holding a meeting regarding the BLM’s proposed business for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Saturday December 1,2012. Everyone is invited to attend the 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. meeting. The  meeting will be held at the BLM office at 1661 S. 4th


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