The Sands of Glamis



Traveling east of El Centro is the land of sand dunes. These dunes are thought to be the remnants of the beach sand from Lake Cahuilla. This lake covered most of the area from Yuma Arizona to west of El Centro about 600 years ago. The area is known by several names the most widely recognized are Glamis and the Algodones dunes.

The Past

The dunes used to be a place to get away from it all and a place to try out new desert toys. More and more people began coming to the dunes in the 70’s and 80’s. Things began to get out of hand. People left trash behind that started blowing all over the desert .Desert plants were destroyed and tracks from desert toys were everywhere. Legislation was passed and suddenly more than 50 % of the desert was off limits to vehicle use.

The Present

In the year 2000 even more land was withdrawn from public use. Now less than 40 % of the original area is open to use. More and more people came and were restricted to smaller areas. Law enforcement came and started enforcing strict laws. The desert was no longer the free and fun place it once was. It has become almost like a city park. Too many people. There are approximately 150,000 people in a small area at the height of the season on Thanksgiving.

The Future

Hopefully ways to get along in the desert will be found. The current gas crunch has helped some as many people could not afford to party in the desert. Will the desert be the place of solitude and reflection it once was? Probably not . Will the desert become like another theme park with more and more people? The current economic situation has probably slowed things down. Only time will tell what the future holds for the desert.

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