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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Beverly Sand Dunes

Beverley Dunes riding through the trees.
Beverley Dunes riding through the trees.

Beverley Dunes camping area.
Beverley Dunes camping area.

Beverley Dunes riding along Crab Creek.
Beverley Dunes riding along Crab Creek.

Beverley Dunes family friendly sand.
Beverley Dunes family friendly sand.

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Welcome!

Grab the family and head to Beverly Dunes near Beverly, Washington. While these dunes are considerably smaller than the more famous Moses Lake Sand Dunes, nearby Beverly Dunes offers a more family-friendly place to ride. The area contains only a couple of small razor backs which makes it much safer for those just learning to ride. The balance of the dunes gently rolls along for hundreds of yards. Since the dunes are not extremely tall, visibility is good across the area making it easy to keep tabs on smaller riders and easier to be seen by others as well. When you tire of riding the open dunes, head to the trees along Crab Creek. There you will find some nice trails twisting through the trees with bermed corners and an occasional seasonal mud hole to play in. With no huge hills to climb, you can leave the paddle tires at home. The total area encompasses approximately 300 acres with free-flowing sand covering more than half of the area. Treed camp sites with nearby Crab Creek complete the family friendly atmosphere. The area is open year-round, and there is no fee to ride. Expect hot temperatures in the summer.

Camping:

Camping is available at the staging area. Restrooms consist of pit toilets. There is no potable water available at the riding area. Choose shaded campsites with some grass to the south of the staging area. These are away from the main riding area, and the traffic that comes with it. You can also  camp out in the open by the staging area and be closer to the action.

Getting There:

From the junction of I-90 and Hwy 26 (Exit 137 from I-90) head south about 1 mile on Hwy 26. At the junction of Hwy 26 and Hwy 243, head south along the Columbia River on Hwy 243. As you approach the town of Beverly  you will cross under an abandoned railroad bridge, Lower Crab Creek Road will be on your left after traveling under the bridge. Head east on Lower Crab Creek Road, and you will shortly reach the riding area.

Services:

The town of Beverly has little in the way of services. There is a small gas station with a mini mart just south of the junction of Hwy 243 and Lower Crab Creek Road on Hwy 243. The closest larger towns with full services are Ellensburg to the west and Moses Lake to the east.

Rules and Regulations:

Any person can operate any ORV on DNR and WDFW roads and motorized trails with the following:

  • Current License Plate or ORV Tag
  • A working muffling system (emitting no more than 105 decibels at 20") with a "USFS Approved Spark Arrester" that is stamped into the metal on motorcycle mufflers and is clearly visible
  • Headlight(s) and taillight(s) are required during the hours of darkness
  • Brakes and Brake light(s).
  • In the sand, ATVs must be equipped with an orange or red flag at least 108 off the ground.
  • Effective July 2005
    • RCW 46.09.117: Riders under 13 must be under direct supervision of a person eighteen years of age or older possessing a valid license to operate a motor vehicle under RCW 46.20 to ride on a non-highway road
    • RCW 46.09.120.3.a: Except for an off-road vehicle equipped with seat belts and roll bars or an enclosed passenger compartment, it is a traffic infraction for any person to operate or ride an off-road vehicle on a non-highway road without wearing upon his or her head a motorcycle helmet fastened securely while in motion. For purposes of this section, "motorcycle helmet" has the same meaning as provided in RCW 46.37.530.

For complete rules and regulations for riding the sand in Grant County, Washington visit:

www.co.grant.wa.us/Sheriff/Misc_Files/PDF/SandDunes/SandDunes.pdf

For additional Information:

Department of Natural Resources, Southeast Region
713 Bowers Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-925-8510, 509-754-2011 ext 468 or 1-800-572-0119

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.

 


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