Safe Riding at the Oceano Dunes

According to the California State Parks Department of Off-Highway Motor-Vehicles, below you will find some useful and informative tips for staying safe while having a memorable ride on the Oceano Dunes.

Before You Arrive

  • Pack the right equipment:

    • Pack or rent a Department of Transportation certified helmet, goggles, long sleeves, over-the-ankle-boots, pants, gloves, and a neck brace. It is required that each rider is able to reach and safely operate all the controls on the OHV, so make sure you get a feel for your vehicle before departing for the dunes.

    • Wearing polarized sunglasses can help reduce the effects of bright sunlight and provide you with a clearer view of the terrain.

    • Wearing earplugs or listening to loud music can hinder your ability to hear oncoming OHVs or communicate with other riders.

  • Hydrate and apply sunscreen.

  • Become familiar with the sport, especially the rules and safety precautions:

    • Check out this video for more information.

    • Check out the Friends of Oceano Dunes’ Facebook page to stay up to date on all things Oceano Dunes!

While On The Dunes

  • Ensure that your whip and flag is attached and easily visible on your OHV.

  • Oceano Dunes SVRA enforces a speed limit of 15mph along the beach, shoreline and near campsites.

  • Be aware of weather changes such as fog, light fluctuations and winds.

    • If you aren’t sure what safe riding in those conditions looks like, ask a Ranger.

  • Pause and plan your route:

    • Take a break periodically to survey the area and get a feel for possible routes that are open and safe for you to ride along.

    • During this break, check-in with yourself to make sure you are staying hydrated and reapplying sunscreen.

  • Use a spotter and asses your route before making a jump.

  • Always supervise younger riders.

  • Approach the tops of ridges at an angle to see if it is clear and safe to continue.

  • Sound your horn when driving up a dune to alert other potential nearby drivers of your presence.

  • Notify a Ranger of any dangerous areas on the dunes that could put riders in harm.

Keep In Mind

  • Never get on an OHV if you have been drinking or are under the influence of drugs.

  • If you see any dangerous zones on the dunes, notify a Ranger immediately and steer clear of the area. 

  • Avoid driving over wet sand, vegetation and always remain within the marked area for riding. 

  • It is always a good idea to do a slow-paced ride through the dunes to look for any dangerous slopes before starting your adventure.