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Overview of Off Ogilby Road

Pad Type gravel

Elevation 459 ft / 139 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
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Last reported 1/23/2018
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Last reported 12/24/2017
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John T
21' Coachmen Viking 21RD
131 reviews
“Nice camping area, well located for Yuma and local sightseeing.”

Reviewed 1/23/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 12
Overall Rating

There are 3 or 4 roads into the camping area on the east side of Ogilby Road, each going back about a mile towards the base of the Cargo Muchachos Mountains. You can go in on any of these roads, and drive across from one to the other at the crossings through the washes. The road at the GPS coords given above had as many RVs parked along it as all the other roads combined, so I settled on the road 0.7 miles north of the railroad track, that leaves Ogilby Rd at 32.8272,-114.8371. I camped about 0.7 mile in, with my closest neighbor 1/4 mile away. I had good Verizon 4G service, with download speeds varying between 18 and 43 MB/sec.

The land on the west side of Ogilby Road is in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, and requires a $35 weekly permit.

I really loved this place. It has the mountains on one side and the Imperial Sand Dunes on the other. It's not real quiet. The 2-track railroad comes from Los Angeles (it's the historic southern transcontinental railroad), and trains go by every few minutes, day and night. Personally, they didn't bother me, and I enjoyed listening to them at night.

Download the "Escape to Adventure" PDF from the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce at ivjointchambers.org. It has lots to see all over the Imperial Valley.

At the southwest corner of the railroad crossing, there is a cemetery that is all that's left of the railroad town of Ogilby. The Tumco mine site is just north of the camping area on Ogilby Road. The last remnant of the wood plank road (San Diego's first road to the east) is on Gray's Well Road at the next exit west on I-8. The only place I could find that you can see the dunes without a permit is at the Hugh T Osborne Lookout Park on Hwy 78. I took the route along Ted Kipf Road, beside the railroad track, but even with 4-wheel-drive, I almost got stuck in sand covering the road. Ogilby Road and Hwy 78 is a better route. Being close to I-8, this is a great location for visiting Yuma. The Territorial Prison is a must - watch the movie 3:10 to Yuma before you go.

There is free water (with space to park a big rig at the faucet) and a trash dumpster at the rest area on I-8 just past the Gray's Well exit, and since the rest area is in the median, you can come back again without having to go on to the next exit. The Chevron on I-8 at Sidewinder Rd (the next exit to the east) has a dump station. I didn't use it, but someone told me it's $15. If you're coming from the west on I-8, or heading out to the west, there are free dump stations at the eastbound and westbound rest areas at Sunbeam, west of El Centro. I used the westbound one; it wasn't too clean, but it was free.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

John T would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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SK, Canada 38' Keystone 337FLS Dodge 3500
12 reviews
“Great Boondocking for low clearance Rigs”

Reviewed 12/24/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Overall Rating

Just before mile marker 6, on the right hand side is the enterance. The first 500 yards is great for low clearance Rigs.
You can hear traffic on olgiby road but not bad.

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M&B would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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