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
  • $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
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Located nearby at Buttercup Campground
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

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 32.708360, -114.938732
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 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.


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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