Rent a UTV Off-Road Adventures is located at the entrance to a popular off-road desert riding area in east El Paso, Texas. Locals call this area RED SANDS, due to its unique reddish-brown tint caused by iron oxide deposits. Red Sands has been a popular area for off-road enthusiasts for over 40-years! RED SANDS is approximately 21 square miles in size and is located just west of Hueco Tanks StatePark off of Montana Ave (US Hwy 62/US Hwy 180). Red Sands is comprised of both private and public lands, featuring rolling sand dunes, hills, compact dirt trails and more! RED SANDS was under an ancient sea approximately 34 million years ago. This ancient sea covered most of the area. Over time, the ancient sea disappeared and various processes of erosion created RED SANDS and the beautiful surrounding areas you see today. Look long enough and you’ll find plenty of ancient fossils. Precious American Indian Artifacts, such as arrowheads, pottery and more are scattered throughout the region.
RED SANDS is a beautiful area offering scenic views and is truly an attraction you don’t want to miss while visiting El Paso, Texas. Many portions of RED SANDS are currently open to the public year-round. However, there are many privately owned areas within Red Sands that are off-limits to visitors. These pockets of private lands are normally fenced off, have posted signs or purple painted stakes in the ground to alert visitors. Please respect the property owners’ wishes and avoid entering their property.
Here are a few additional suggestions If you plan on visiting the area:
- If your vehicle is not equipped with 4×4 (and off-road tires), DO NOT attempt to drive into the heart of RED SANDS, because YOU WILL get stuck in the fine sand. Park at any of the entrances to avoid having to dig yourself out.
- When riding at RED SANDS use appropriate safety equipment. In Texas, you are required to wear a helmet and eye protection on ATV’s / UTV’s. You must also display front and rear lighting at night. Additionally, you can be cited by Law Enforcement for having a passenger on a single passenger ATV. You can also be cited for riding recklessly or consuming alcohol while operating a vehicle.
- When riding at RED SANDS, please use a whip & flag on your off-road vehicle. Injuries occur at RED SANDS because riders fail to see each other behind sand dunes and around blind corners on narrow trails. A whip & flag allows other riders to identify your position and will prevent a collision. Whips & flags can be purchased at RENT AN UTV OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES at the main entrance.
- When riding at RED SANDS, please be aware that you are not the only person out there. Anticipate that there will be other riders around blind corners and on the other side of sand dunes. Red Sands is not a controlled and regulated park. There are no traffic control patterns or devices in place. You ride at your own risk.
- When riding at RED SANDS, do not ride over ANY sand dune without first stopping at the top of the dune to check the other side. MOST sand dunes at RED SANDS are sloped on one side and have drop-offs on the opposite side. You can easily go air-borne and crash! Additionally, there could be other vehicles or people on the opposite side of the dune that you can’t see. So, stop at the top of the dune and ensure its safe, before proceeding.
- Discharging of Firearms at RED SANDS is strictly prohibited. RED SANDS is a highly populated area. There are numerous desert areas in El Paso that offer safe back-stops for target practice. RED SANDS is NOT one of those areas. Authorities will contact you if you are seen discharging firearms.
- Do not DRINK & DRIVE or DRINK & RIDE! El Paso County Sheriff’s Office frequently patrol the area and you may be subject to immediate arrest.
- RED SANDS is not easily accessible by ambulance and other first responders. YOU RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Always have a buddy with you and carry a cell phone, preferably with GPS capability. If you need help dial 911 or contact TEXAS RESCUE PATROL (915) 302-5300.
Over the years, RED SANDS has been home to hundreds of weekend off-road enthusiasts who truly appreciate the area and have gone to great lengths to clean and maintain the area. Unfortunately, despite their great efforts, many visitors continue to litter. Broken beer bottles, nails from burnt pallets, wire from burnt tires, and other debris continue to plague the area. RED SANDS is a beautiful area that sadly many folks take for granted. As a community, we can do better. Help us spread the word and please follow these simple suggestions when visiting RED SANDS.
- Bring a trash bag and use it. Pack out what you packed in.
- Please throw your trash away in the dumpster. Please do not leave your bags of trash at Red Sands. Nobody is going to pick it up for you. There is a large commercial dumpster at the main entrance. Please use it to discard your trash. The dumpster is not for local residents to use for their personal waste. This dumpster is being provided to help keep the area clean.
- Please do not burn tires or pallets. The combustible material will burn away, but the nails in the pallets and the steel wire in the tires will not burn away. The metal objects left behind will eventually end up in someone’s tires or just remain trapped in the sand to further pollute the area. Additionally, burning tires is illegal. The fumes are toxic and dangerous to your health.
Be a “RED SANDS HERO” and help spread the word that littering at RED SANDS is NOT cool.
When visiting RED SANDS politely encourage those around you to use the dumpster.If you see someone illegally dumping tires, building materials, furniture, or other large debris, please report it to authorities. You can always dial 911 or contact TEXAS RESCUE PATROL (915) 302-5300.