Winterhaven, California: Remains of the Imperial Dunes Plank Road

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Address:
Grays Wells Rd, Winterhaven, CA
Directions:
I-8 exit 156 onto Grays Wells Rd. Drive west along the south side of the freeway for three miles. There is a parking/camping area on the right; the Plank Road is on the left.
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Remains of the Imperial Dunes Plank Road
A wooden road was built across the desert in 1916 to lure people to San Diego and away from Los Angeles. It was abandoned in 1928. A small section is still visible, but you're not allowed to drive on it. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [12/03/2011]

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Remains of the Imperial Dunes Plank Road

In addition to seeing the plank road, you can very clearly see the US/Mexico border fence. The border patrol was everywhere. They stopped on the road above the plank road and watched us until we left.

[Nancy, 09/03/2014]

Plank Road.

Remains of the Imperial Dunes Plank Road

This is some awesome old time Americana -- the old Imperial Dune Plank Roadway. They smartly fenced it off, and while the dunes seem to cover everything, this is still visible!

[Mike Larson, 07/07/2014]
Remains of the Imperial Dunes Plank Road

Very cool. Hard to believe people drove on it. The dunes around it are very interesting too. Lots of campers with off-road equipment in the immediate area. Worth a lookie-loo.

[Tgeeks, 12/18/2011]

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