Grays Well Campground is a popular dispersed camping area located in the sand dunes along Interstate 8 in southeastern California near Yuma, Arizona. The campground is the closest campground to the Mexican border in Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. While Grays Well Campground has paved road access and vault toilets, the campground itself if located on packed sand and gravel. Grays Well is located just up the road from the Competition Hill, which is a popular OHV site.
Greys Well Campground is located on the southern end of Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and is situated along Interstate 8 and is just north of the US-Mexico border fence to the south. The north end of Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is located on the other side of Interstate 8, and is significantly larger than the southern portion.
The closest stores for camping supplies are in Yuma, AZ or to the north in Glamis, CA.
Grays Well Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Dispersed, Semi-primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||Not Defined|
|Use Level:||Medium to Very High|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Located nearby at Buttercup Campground|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified – Very Large|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on some carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||32.708360, -114.938732|
|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 Grays Well Road around, past the Ranger Station, and past the turn off for Buttercup Campground to Grays Well 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.
What To Do
OHV Riding – The dunes are very popular for off-roading and OHV driving.
Image Credits: Ken Lund via Flickr