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|
|Use Level:||Medium to Very High|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified – Very Large|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on some carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||32.713594, -114.942388|
|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 20 Miles to Yuma, AZ|
||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.|
|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.
What To Do
OHV Riding – The dunes are very popular for off-roading and OHV driving.
Image Credits: Ken Lund via Flickr