Dune Buggy Flats is a primitive dispersed camping area, also known as Gordon Wells, located in the desert next to the popular Imperial Sand Dunes near Interstate 8 in southeastern California. The campground is one of a handful of dispersed campgrounds just north of Interstate 8 in the southern dunes. Dune Buggy Flats is officially a non-maintained, primitive camping area, however it has some of the same amenities as the other nearby “maintained” camping areas like Grays Well, Midway, and Buttercup. The amenities include trash dumpsters and vault toilets. There is no paved access to Dune Buggy Flats, but the leading to the area is packed gravel and there is a packed gravel surface for parking RVs and other vehicles.

The closest stores for camping supplies are in Yuma, AZ or to the north in Glamis, CA.

Dune Buggy Flats – Gordon Wells – Campground Features

Campground Type: Dispersed, Semi-primitive
Number of Campsites: Not Defined
Cost:
  • $50/Week from October 1 – April 1
  • $150/Season from October 1 – April 1
  • Permits may be purchased off-site at vendors or on-site at the ranger stations
Use Level: Medium to Very High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: None
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Specified – Very Large
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Possible on some carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
Other:

Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates: 32.713594, -114.942388
Nearest City/Town: Yuma, Arizona
Elevation: 100 Feet
Location: Imperial County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes to dispersed camping area, which is not paved
Proximity to Stores: Approximately 20 Miles to Yuma, AZ
Directions:
From Yuma, AZ travel west on Interstate 8 for 21 miles. Exit at Gordons Well Road and turn right. Make an immediate right on Evan Hews Highway, heading east. Follow Evan Hewes Highway for about a mile, crossing over Coachella Canal Road. Dune Buggy Flats is just past the Coachella Canal.

Pack List

Connect

Phone: (760) 337-4400 Facebook:
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.

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What To Do

OHV Riding – The dunes are very popular for off-roading and OHV driving.

Image Credits: Ken Lund via Flickr

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