In addition to the ongoing lawsuit seeking to end open riding at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition on June 9th seeking the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard be listed as an endangered species. They claim that habitat loss, off-road vehicles and global warming are pushing the species towards extinction.

The petition specifically lists areas such as OWSVRA, Superstition Mountain Open Area, Plaster City Open Area and the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) as habitat areas that have had cumulative impacts due to off-road vehicle use. Furthermore, illegal ORV (Off Road Vehicle) use has been closely monitored. The petition contains several pictures of illegal route proliferation and requests ORV use be prohibited within some or all of the Management Areas. Some of the pictures that were included in the petition have been included below.

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James Arviso is the winner of the RideNow Special Edition Polaris RZR.

The aSa is pleased to announce the winner of the RideNow Special Edition Polaris RZR - Ticket #12033 belonging to James Arviso from Romoland, CA and winner of the 2nd prize Polaris RZR is Ticket #11149 belonging to Dustin O'Con from Veneta, OR.


Here's what's been happening:

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV) have been defined and regulated per California Legislation AB1595 and AB1266. Major changes include:

Effective January 1, 2013

  • CVC 38600: Less than 16 years of age must be SUPERVISED.
  • CVC 38601: HELMETS required for all operators and passengers.
  • CVC 38601: Seat/shoulder belt or SAFETY HARNESS required when in motion.
  • CVC 38604: Requires passengers to be able to grasp the HANDHOLD while properly restrained with back against the seat back.

Effective July 1, 2013*

  • CVC 38603: Passengers must be seated in location designed and provided by manufacturer.
*Future legislation could change these laws, keep up to date and go to

The BLM is looking for dedicated individuals to be campground hosts in several of the Imperial Sand Dunes' popular areas.

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