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Working for a safe and sustainable Oceano Dunes and beach for all


Imagine a Safe and Sustainable Oceano Dunes

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the beaches fronting Oceano and Grover Beach were vehicle-free for 7 months for the first time in years. They were transformed into vibrant and safe beaches for swimming, surfing, walking, biking, horseback riding, kiteboarding, fishing and other low-impact recreational activities. 

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California State Parks reopened the beach to street legal vehicles in October 2020. When COVID restrictions ease, they plan to reopen the park to OHV activity, which will reimpose direct threats to wildlife, sensitive habitats and community health.

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The Oceano sand dune area is recognized by scientists, conservationists, government agencies and the public as the finest, most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California. The beach and dunes offer critical habitat for endangered shorebirds and other rare plant and animal species. 

Impacts of Vehicle Activity at Oceano Dunes

Navigate left or right through this slideshow to understand how off-highway vehicle activity takes a huge toll on the beach and dunes at Oceano. 
The Issues

Please Protect the Dunes!

People for the Dunes is a community-focused campaign funded by donations from residents, businesses and organizations along California’s Central Coast. All campaign participants work as volunteers and vow that every penny of every donation will support efforts to make Oceano Dunes and beach a safe and sustainable park for all to enjoy.

Please contribute today! 

Make checks out to: 
San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper

Mail checks to:
EPI-Center, 1013 Monterey
Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Enter "Dunes Alliance" in the memo line.  

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Take Action

Take Action

Please share you concerns. Every voice counts!

Communicate directly to the California Coastal Commission about Oceano Dunes

Submit comments by email at

Submit comments by mail to 725 Front Street, Suite 300, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

For any questions, contact Kevin Kahn, the Coastal Commission’s Central Coast District Supervisor and its lead coastal planner on Oceano matters at 831-427-4863 or

Please check this website for more information about this issue and California State Parks’ Coastal Development Permit

Speak in support of a safe and sustainable Oceano Dunes and beach at any California Coastal Commission meeting

Please check this website for the current month's meeting agenda and updated information.

If you need assistance preparing to speak before the Commission, you may contact the Dunes Alliance at

Share with friends and family - #PeoplefortheDunes

The Oceano Dunes and beach are a local treasure that should be open to all for safe, enjoyable non-motorized recreation.  If you agree, please consider joining our effort and spreading the word!


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About People for the Dunes

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People for the Dunes, a campaign of the Dunes Alliance, supports a safe and sustainable Oceano Dunes and beach for all.
The campaign advances a new, inclusive vision of recreation and conservation at Oceano Dunes that will secure environmental justice for surrounding communities, ensure better protection for wildlife and the natural environment, boost the local economy and respect the area’s cultural heritage.

See our growing gallery of People for the Dunes! Thanks to all who have shared their love for this beach!


In the News




























Court rejects Oceano Dunes off-roading ban

Coastal Commission should keep fighting to close Oceano dunes to off-roading | Opinion


Study examines the future of Oceano Dunes post-OHV ban

Visit SLO CAL And Resonance Consultancy Release Oceano Dunes Destination Stewardship Study

What should happen to Oceano Dunes after off-roading ends? Study looks at future of region.


SLO Superior Court blocks environmental groups' intervention in Oceano Dunes lawsuit 


New Oceano Dunes lawsuit challenges dust measures permitted by Coastal Cmmission

Air quality alert issued for dust and sand plume blowing over the Nipomo Mesa

3 restrictions at Oceano Dunes temporarily lifted. Here’s what it means for park visitors

Does Oceano Dunes blowing dust cause bad air quality? New study raises familiar controversy

State Parks Reinstalls Snowy Plover Fencing at Oceano Dunes After ‘Dismayed’ Reaction​

Oceano Dunes again violates plover protection rules. Will it ever be held accountable?

Oceano Dunes off-roading group files new lawsuit against Coastal Commission

Video shows iconic Pismo clams being crushed by cars at Oceano Dunes

What’s next for the Oceano Dunes? We answer your questions about the park’s future

Oceano Dunes dust decreased by 50% during off-road riding ban, new study shows

State Parks, Coastal Commission and SLO County respond to Oceano Dunes lawsuits

Friends of Oceano Dunes Files Quiet Title Lawsuit

Friends of Oceano Dunes files another lawsuit against CA Coastal Commission

Off-road vehicle drivers and California conservationists disagree over beach use

"Friends of Oceano Dunes" files lawsuit against California Coastal Commission over decision to restrict OHV


Coastal Commission phases out off-roading at Oceano Dunes

State Parks offers dramatic new vision for Oceano Dunes. Here’s what it has planned

Off-road riding at Oceano Dunes has ‘no significant impact’ on SLO County economy, study says

A 40-year conflict over a state park: Has it finally reached a breaking point?

Take it back: It might be an uphill battle, but locals should come together to keep the dunes vehicle free

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