Camp Chef, Yamaha, and the Imperial Sand Dunes

By on February 7, 2012

For the second year in a row Camp Chef was invited to participate in Yamaha’s Glamis, CA Imperial Sand Dunes media event. If you’re familiar with motor sports than you’ll know the Imperial Sand Dunes are heaven on earth. If you’re not familiar with motor sports than you might recognize the Imperial Sand Dunes from the sand dunes scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Scene from Return of the Jedi

Like last year, Yamaha invited a who’s who list of writers and journalists from the best ATV publications and websites to test out their new crop of ATVs. We were lucky enough to get the call to tag along and help with what we do best, cooking. Living in Northern Utah, it’s always nice to get a break from the snow and cold, so a trip to the desert was a welcome invitation. With day time temperatures in the mid to upper 70′s and evening temperature in the mid 40′s it was just about perfect.

The life of a ATV writer/journalist must be a nice one. They get to ride some of the nicest and newest ATVs in some of the most scenic locations in the world. Check out some of these shots from our friend Harlen Foley at He either took these photos or is the rider in them. Absolutely beautiful.

Sunset at the dunes Harlen jumping over the sun Harlen kicking up the sand

When the riding was over we made sure the eating was just as good. Over the course of a couple of days we cooked up some pulled pork manchos, grilled pork tenderloin, and some amazing croissant breakfast sandwiches.

Check out our setup that kept all the action fueled! Camp Chef at Glamis

Taking a peek at breakfast


Luckily it wasn’t all work. The sun, warmth, and hanging around with good friend that we’ve come to know over the past two years is really why we like this trip so much, but it’s hard to deny your inner urge to grab a little throttle. This year Yamaha decided we had earned the right to jump on some ATVs and rip up some sand… or at least ride gently on top of it. We know it’s hard to tell the difference between us and the ATV writers, who all happen to be amazing riders. We’ll give you a hint, we’re the ones in the jeans.

Matt ripping it up Steve making it look good

And just like that, the trip was over. Full of good food, good memories, and sand it was time to head home. The Imperial Sand Dunes just outside of Glamis, CA are one of a kind. If you’re into motor sports they should be near the top of your ‘Places to Ride’ bucket list. If you’re not into motor sports, they’re still worth checking out. There’s just something about the solitude of the desert that speaks to a man’s (or woman’s) soul.

We’d like to thank Yamaha for inviting us along on what always ends up being one of our favorite events of the year.