Glamis Flats Campground is one of the most popular and busiest camping areas in the Imperial Sand Dunes, and is closest to its namesake town of Glamis, which is really just a small store. The campground offers dispersed camping with access to trash, vault toilets, and stores where you can buy supplies. The area is known for its large sand dunes, dirt bikes, dune buggies, and OHV riding. There are a handful of other less busy camping areas nearby, including Palo Verde Flats, Cement Flats, and Roadrunner Campgrounds.
Camping at Glamis Flats is largely the domain of RVs and toy haulers, where they will be right at home on the packed gravel surface. Access to the camping area is paved up until you leave California Highway 78. The Cahuilla Ranger Station several miles west on Highway 78 near Cement Flats.
Glamis Flats 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:||32.992575, -115.079591|
|Nearest City/Town:||Yuma, Arizona|
|Location:||Imperial County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes to dispersed camping area, which is not paved|
|Proximity to Stores:||Less than one mile to Glamis, CA|
|Directions:||Glamis Flats Campground is located in the town of Glamis, CA at the intersection of Highway 78 and Wash Road.|
|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: Dan Eckert via Flickr