Area Information

Imperial Sand Dunes

Surrounding Calexico are some of Southern California’s most popular outdoor recreational areas and attractions. The largest is the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, a playground for off -road vehicle enthusiasts. Also known as the Glamis Dunes, it attracts an estimated 1.4 million visitors annually, with the peak of the recreational season occurring from late October to mid-April. Glamis Dunes is the largest and most heavily used portion of the Algodones Sand Dunes, and has also been a favorite of many Hollywood filmmakers, including George Lucas, who famously used this location for his film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Other areas of the dunes are closed to motorized vehicles but are accessible by hiking and horseback.

Just to the west is the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Anza-Borrego is the largest state park in California and second largest in the U.S. In addition to the numerous recreational activities of camping, hiking, and off -road tours Anza-Borrego is known for its spectacular spring desert wildflower bloom.



Gran Plaza Courtesy Shuttle

Gran Plaza Outlets' customers can take advantage of our courtesy shopping shuttle, Gran Plaza Express. The shuttle service will run between 1st Street & Heffernan Avenue and Gran Plaza Outlets. Pick up will begin 30 minutes before opening and the last shuttle leaving the center will be 30 minutes after closing. Service is available 7 days a week and is free for Gran Plaza Outlets customers.

Click on the English or Spanish map links below to view the Shuttle Service pick up location.