4-S Beach Campground at Picacho State Recreation Area is a campground with only 4 primitive campsites for boaters and car campers right along the Colorado River. 4S Beach is somewhat a primitive campground in the Picacho SRA, and is one of the most northern campsites in the recreation area. 4-S Beach is accessible for boat-in and car campers via a long rough dirt roads.
Wildlife is abundant in the area around Picacho State Recreation Area. Frequent wildlife sightings include wild burros, bighorn sheep, fish, and migratory birds. The area the larger Picacho State Recreation Area is popular for bass fishing, waterskiing, and hiking.
There are 4 family campsites at 4-S Campground for boat-in tent camping, as well as car camping. each campsite include picnic tables, fire rings, and shade canopies. Access to camping supplies is limited due to the remote location of the campground.
4-S Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||4 Campsites|
|Use Level:||Low to Medium|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.069997, -114.687388|
|Nearest City/Town:||Yuma, Arizona|
|Location:||Imperial County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||28 miles to Yuma, AZ|
|Directions:||From Yuma, AZ exit Interstate 8 at Winterhaven Road and head north. Travel for a quarter mile, and make a sharp right to Picacho Road. Drive on Picacho Road for 19 miles to Picacho State Recreation Area Main Campground. From the main campground travel up Intra-camp road to reach 4-S Campground.|
The road to Picacho from Winterhaven is paved only for the first 6 of 24 miles. The last 18 miles is over a dirt road that is passable for cars and vehicles with trailers and motorhomes. At times during the summer thunderstorms are likely to cause flash flooding in the washes, temporarily making short sections of the road impassable.
|Web:||Picacho State Recreation Area|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come, First-served|
When To Go
Spring, Early/Late Summer, and Fall (and possibly Winter too) – Trying to find the best season to camp at 4-S Campground really depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for boating, then Early/Late Summer (mid-summer is way too hot out here) and Fall are your best bets due to the tempurature. If you are simply looking for waterside camping, then you can camp here pretty much year-round, expect summer, which again is very hot.
What To Do
Boating – There are plenty of places for boating around 4-S Campground, including the Colorado River and Taylor Lake
Hiking – The area around 4-S Campground is surrounded by hills and mountains with hiking trails
Over 100 years ago the land that Picacho State Recreation Area sits on now was home to the gold mining town of Picacho, which had 100 residents. You can still find some remnants of the gold town around the campground, including an old cemetery.
Image Credits: California State Parks