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Exploring Our Backyard: Roller coaster-like thrills at Sand Mountain

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When you think about outdoor destinations in our area, most people reference landmarks like Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River and the Sierra Nevada range. But one of the most majestic and unique sights lies in the Nevada desert: Sand Mountain. Located 25 miles southeast of Fallon, Sand Mountain is hard to miss. Three-and-a-half-miles long, one-mile wide and 600 feet high, the dune is the largest in the Great Basin. And it's an amazing place to recreate.

Although I haven’t been there since last year, BLM recently announced it reopened May 9, so I thought it was the perfect time to reminisce on our trip last year to tape an episode of our television version of Exploring Our Backyard. Our friends at UTV Addiction, owned by Robert Gott, met us out there with a couple of his incredible rides.

Before long, we were shooting up and down the dune. I can best describe the experience like riding in a roller coaster except you're behind the wheel. Climbing up the sand and whipping hairpin turns around the edge back down, the thrills are endless.

It’s an absolute gem for off-roading with UTVs, ATVs and dirt bikes. Thousands visit every year, often spending several days at a time in RVs. During Halloween, it turns into a small city, bringing in thousands of people to the recreation area.

A trip to Sand Mountain is worth it for more than just motorized thrills. Standing at the base of the dune and looking up, or even better, taking a hike to the top and taking in the views is a breathtaking experience. You won’t see anything else like it in Nevada.

Luckily for us, it’s right in our backyard.

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Nevada Sports Net's executive producer Alex Margulies will feature a local recreation activity every Thursday in his "Exploring Our Backyard" feature. "Exploring Our Backyard" will return with new TV episodes this summer. You can contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @marguliespxp.

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