Buttercup Campground is one of a handful of campgrounds located on the sand dunes just off of Interstate 8 in Southern California’s Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Buttercup is a large, popular campground for RVs and OHV vehicles with plenty of stable ground to circle RVs, and access to toilets and trash dumpsters. A ranger station is located at the entrance to Buttercup Campground.
The campground is surrounded by hundreds of miles of sand dunes. The northern end of Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is located to the north of Interstate 8, and is significantly larger than the southern dunes. The southern Imperial Dunes is bordered by Interstate 8 on the north and US-Mexico border fence to the south. Buttercup is popular for OHV riding due its proximity to the popular Competition Hill area, which is known for large, but very ridable sand dunes.
The closest stores for camping supplies are in Yuma, AZ or to the north in Glamis, CA.
Buttercup Campground Overview
|Campground Type:||Dispersed, Semi-primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||Not Defined|
|Use Level:||Medium to Very High|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified – Very Large|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on some carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||32.738983, -114.878744|
|Nearest City/Town:||Yuma, Arizona|
|Location:||Imperial County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes to dispersed camping area, which is not paved|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 15 Miles to Yuma, AZ|
||From Yuma, AZ travel west on Interstate 8 for 19 miles. Exit at Grays Well Road. Follow the road to the Ranger Station, and follow signs to Buttercup Campground.|
|Web:||Bureau of Land Management – El Centro||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Not Accepted – First-come, First-served|
When To Go
Winter – The dunes are most popular in the winter, especially around the long holiday weekends.
Do not camp here in the summer. Temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees daily.
Be Sure to Bring
What To Do
OHV Riding – The dunes are very popular for off-roading and OHV driving.
Image Credits: Quim Gil via Flickr