Midway Campground is a semi-primitive campground located on the Imperial Sand Dunes between Interstate 8 and the US-Mexico border in Southeast California. There are several campgrounds in the area, including the popular Buttercup Campground, which is just up the road along with the popular Competition Hill area. Midway Campground is light on amenities, but it offers stable gravel ground for parking RVs and other vehicles, as well as a handful of vault toilets. A ranger station is located near the Grays Well freeway exit.
The campground is surrounded by hundreds of miles of sand dunes. Midway Campground is located on the southern end of Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and is bordered by Interstate 8 on the north and 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.
Midway 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:||32.711273, -114.923460|
|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 Midway 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