FAQs

Guest riding an ATV down a sand dune at Pismo Beach

What ATV/UTV Do You Recommend?

We can make a general suggestion, but it really comes down to rider fit and rider ability. We will evaluate all riders during the instruction time and if we don’t feel you fit that vehicle right, we will suggest another bike. We want you to be safe and have a good time. Our average adult rider will operate the Honda 250ex or Kymco Automatic 300/330. The average younger riders vary depending on ability and riders’ size.

Do we pick up the ATV’s at the store or on the beach?

All ATV’s are staged on the beach by Pole 2 ready for pick up. Pole 2 is located a mile down the beach.

Can we use a car seat in a RZR?

Sorry, we do not allow car seats to be used in the RZR. Younger passengers are required to be able to support a helmet with or without the neck brace. They must be able to sit with their back firmly against the backrest and reach out and grab the handle in front of them. When seated, the seatbelt must fit across their chest properly. The last thing we want to do is have a child hurt.

What rentals can accommodate 2 people?

The only vehicles that can accommodate 2 people safely are the line of RZR UTV’s and the Can-Am Outlander. Any Outlander passenger must be able to sit on seat and have feet reach the footrest (Approximately 50”).

Do you provide a shuttle?

Yes, you must check-in at the 332 Pier Ave store and complete the rental paperwork before moving on to the shuttle pickup spot.

Will the shuttle pick us up at the hotel?

No, our shuttle is only set up to pick up people on the beach and our Store location.

Can we stop and eat during our riding time?

Yes, you can, but your rental time will not pause.

Can you BBQ on the beach?

Yes! You are more than welcome to BBQ on the beach.

Does it get windy?

Yes, typically later in the afternoon the wind will pick up before settling down towards the end of the day.

When do you think the best time to ride is?

We recommend coming in the morning, as it is less busy and windy.

Can you drive the ATVs/RZRs in the water?

NO! Saltwater corrodes the metal. If we see you driving in the water, you will be charged $50

My friend has never had a driver’s license, can they still ride?

Yes! They need to bring a current valid photo id. Riders with suspended, revoked or expired licenses are not allowed to ride in the state park.

What do I wear?

We suggest all riders wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a long sleeve shirt. The weather here on the beach can change quickly. For that reason, we also suggest wearing a jacket or sweatshirt.

Every person is required to wear a helmet, so if you have your own, please bring it. We have helmets to lend you, and they are included with your rental. If you have goggles or riding gloves, feel free to bring them. If you don’t have your own, we do rent them.

What type of shoes do I need to wear?

We require all renters to wear closed-toe shoes!

Is there a place to store my belongings?

There are no compartments on the vehicles to store items. Please consider bringing a backpack or leave valuable items in your vehicle before you head down! We do have a check-in offer through Yelp for a FREE drawstring backpack.

How long do people normally ride for?

Renters typically go out for 2 hours. That’s enough time to see a good portion of the dunes! If you’re really enjoying the experience, you are more than welcome to go longer. The max time is 8 hours.

Why do we need to arrive 1 hour early (1-1/2 on weekends and holidays during the summer)?

We need you to arrive early so all paperwork can be completed. We also have a 13-minute safety video that we require all guests to watch. After those 2 things are completed, we will fit you for a helmet and give you instructions on how to operate your rental vehicle before sending you off on your own. If you check in at the Pier Ave office, then you will need time to take our shuttle to get to the beach sendoff location. All those little things add up!

I am bringing someone else’s child with me, is that okay?

Yes, but before they come, the legal guardian needs to fill out a waiver and we also need a copy of their license.

Do you rent in the rain?

Yes! We rent rain or shine.

Do you rent dirt bikes?

No, we do not rent dirt bikes, only ATV’s and UTV’s.

Is it a guided tour?

No, this is not a guided tour. You will watch a 13-minute safety video, then our instructors will teach you how to operate the vehicle. Once you are done with the orientation, we will send you off on your own.

Can someone under 18 go out into the dunes alone?

No, anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult at all times while riding on an ATV.

Can I leave a cash deposit?

For most vehicles, yes. However, UTVs require a credit card for deposit.

Do you have a parking lot?

We do not have a parking lot. There is street parking available by the Elks Lodge, or you can park in the dirt parking lot on the right-hand side before you enter the beach.

What are some good places nearby to eat?

What hotels are in the area?

The list below is the hotels we partner with. These hotels offer our Stay and Play discount. Asks the front desk for a discount card.