The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes are beautiful coastal dunes with a rich history. Once this place was a shooting site for an Egyptian movie. After shooting, the set was buried in the dunes in 1923. Since that time the area of dunes has been known for the hidden relics deep beneath the surface. These are mainly grand sphinx statues and gold coins.
During the Great Depression, the Dunes were home to a group of mystics, nudists, artists, and writers who called themselves the Dunites. The area features only one hiking trail that goes south along the ocean to Mussel Rock. Except being popular among filmmakers, treasure hunters, and mystics looking for a source of energy, the dunes are also a nesting ground for western snowy plovers. Each year, part of the Dunes is closed to protect the plover's breeding and nesting habitat between March 1st and October 1st. The Dunes can be explored only outside of plover season.