Keyhole Campground is primitive campground, similar to the other camping pads in the BLM-managed Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area on the popular sand dunes. Keyhole Campground offers a small paved loop with stable ground for RVs and other vehicles to park on. There are no amenities available at Keyhole Campground. The Cahuilla Ranger Station is located just up Gecko Road near Highway 78.

The big draw to Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is off-roading and OHV driving. The area around Keyhole Campground offers hundreds of square miles for off-roading, though there are some areas that are marked off limits to vehicles for plant and habitat protection.

Keyhole Campground Features

Campground Type: Dispersed
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: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Not Onsite – Located Nearby
Hiking Access: None
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: Not Specified
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 32.915725, -115.116426
Nearest City/Town: Brawley, California
Elevation: 200 Feet
Location: Imperial County, California
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: Approximately 5.5 Miles to Glamis, CA
Keyhole Campground is Located near State Highway 78, at Gecko Road.


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:  Ron and Sandy with Kids 🙂 via Flickr

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