NBC4's Fritz Coleman kicks off Presidents Day weekend in Glamis with a ride around the dunes.
Glamis is a place you may have never heard of, but have seen on television a dozen times.
Located in the extreme south-eastern region of California, adjacent to Mexico in Imperial County, Glamis, is nirvana for all terrain vehicles.
Friday, February 17th, NBC4 Forecaster Fritz Coleman was in Glamis, basking in the sun while gliding down the sand dunes on an ATV.
Fritz and NBC4 Inland Empire Reporter Craig Fiegener reported on the details about what you'll need to know if you want to visit Glamis.
“Glamis offers a spectrum of recreational opportunities. Everything from remote wilderness settings to developed camp grounds,” said Neil Hamada, the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation area manager.
At 40 miles long and 5 miles wide, Glamis is the largest and most visited sand dunes in the United States, said Hamada.
Though this unincorporated community consists of little more than a railroad stop, a trading post and a gas station, the population can swell into the tens of thousands on holiday weekends.
Thanksgiving weekend is considered the most popular, and Hamada expects Presidents Day to draw upwards of 100,000 ATV fans.
“When you see sand dunes in commercials, most likely they were shot out here,” Hamada said.