Ogilby Campground is a remote dispersed camping area in the desert on the southeastern side of the BLM managed Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Ogilby is not a maintained camping areas and is the northernmost designated camping area in the southern dunes. The other unmaintained camping spots in the area are Dunes Vista and Gordon Wells. There are a few maintained camping spots in the areas as well that offer toilets and trash services. The maintained campgrounds are Grays Well, Midway, and Buttercup. There is no paved access to Ogilby Campground and the camping area is packed gravel for parking RVs and other vehicles.

The closest stores for camping supplies are in Yuma, AZ or to the north in Glamis, CA.

Ogilby Campground Features

Campground Type: Dispersed, 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: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
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: 32.811614, -114.886449
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 20 Miles to Yuma, AZ
From Yuma, AZ travel west on Interstate 8 for 15 miles. Exit at Ogilby Road and turn right. Travel for about 3.5 miles to Sidewinder Road and turn left. Travel for 1.5 miles on the dirt road. Ogilby Campground will be at the end of the road near the radio tower.

Pack List


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: Bill Morrow via Flickr

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