Palo Verde Flats Campground is located next to the popular Glamis area, which is one of the busiest camping and off-roading areas in the Imperial Sand Dunes. Palo Verde Flats is a dispersed primitive campground located in one of a handful of palo verde tree groves in the area, which offers a small amount of natural shade from the desert sun. The campground does not offer any amenities besides solid ground to park your RV on. Trash dumpsters and vault toilets are available at Glamis Flats, the neighboring camping area. Camping supplies are available in the “town” of Glamis just up the road on Highway 78. The area is known for its large sand dunes, dirt bikes, dune buggies, and OHV riding. There are a handful of other less busy camping areas nearby, including Cement Flats, and Roadrunner Campground.

Camping at Palo Verde Flats is dominated by RVs and toy haulers, which are right at home on the packed gravel surface. Access to the camping area is paved up until you leave California Highway 78. The Cahuilla Ranger Station several miles west on Highway 78 near Cement Flats.

Palo Verde Flats 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: 32.994357, -115.090370
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: 1.5 miles to Glamis, CA
Directions: Palo Verde Flats Campground is located near the town of Glamis, CA about 1.5 miles west of the intersection of Highway 78 and Wash Road.

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: Dan Eckert via Flickr

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