DuneFest in Winchester Bay draws sand enthusiasts from near and far for the chance to ride their toys over some of the largest dunes in the world.

Story by Josh Gaunt, Photos by Thomas Boyd

It’s the most fun a family can have in sand. 

That’s the promise of the 2018 edition of DuneFest, scheduled for July 24-29 at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area near Winchester Bay. 

The event brings ATV lovers, side-by-side enthusiasts and motorcycle riders from across the country to enjoy an array of riding activities with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. 

The Oregon dunes are among the largest in the world and the annual DuneFest has become a signature event for the area.

“It’s a great event, it’s family-friendly and a great place to meet new people,” says Jody Morrow, DuneFest coordinator. “It’s like a sand family almost.” 


DuneFest events include three night rides,  freestyle tricks, a tire toss and scavenger hunt, in addition to racing every day. A show-n-shine is also planned, along with live music. 

Kids’ activities include a special riding area, with vehicle rentals available and adult supervision required.

A winning raffle ticket will net the holder a customized, 2018 Yamaha Raptor 700 ATV.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Oregon Coast Powersports, a popular Winchester Bay business that was destroyed by fire in February. An auction is planned for Saturday, with proceeds benefiting local service organizations. 

“It’s an action-filled week full of great people, sand toys and entertainment,” Morrow says. 

For a complete event schedule and to learn more about available accommodations, go online to