Dune With A View
Manila, CA 95521
(707) 825-2300 (Arcata Field Office)
Open sunrise to one hour after sunset
Visit the biggest of all Humboldt dunes, a sprawling, 1 million-cubic-yard sand mountain barely contained by the Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area. Jointly supervised by the Bureau of Land Management and the Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge, this federal preserve features rare coastal
plants and animals, a spooky skeleton forest and, once one trudges to the top of said dune, panoramic views of ocean, bay and inland mountains. Look for beach strawberries, sea rocket plants and rare Humboldt Bay wallflowers, or crisscrossing tracks left at night by foxes, skunks and raccoons. The southern unit, which permits horses and dogs, is open daily. The northern unit, which offers more direct access to the monster dune, is open weekends.