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Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area


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Buttercup GPS Coordinates - 32° 58.30 N / 115° 10.36 W

Buttercup - Imperial Sand Dunes
View of Buttercup from north of I-8

Buttercup - Imperial Sand Dunes
View of Buttercup Camp Area from the south

Buttercup - Comp Hill
Comp Hill @ Buttercup Sand Dunes

Buttercup Ranger Station  Buttercup Ranger Station
Buttercup Ranger Station

ISDRA - Buttercup Camp Host  ISDRA - Buttercup Camp Host - Kawasaki Teryx
Buttercup Camp Host

Border Patrol Dune Buggy - Buttercup, Imperial Sand Dunes  Border Patrol Dune Buggy - Buttercup, Imperial Sand Dunes
Border Patrol Dune Buggy

Buttercup - Mexico Border    Buttercup - International Border Marker
The dunes south of Interstate 8 are very
close to the Mexican border. Be aware that
there is no fence and the U.S. Border Patrol
may not look lightly on riders that ride across
the border.

New Border Fence - 2008
    Border Fence near Gordons Well and Buttercup

Imperial Sand Dunes - Buttercup Mexico  border fence  Imperial Sand Dunes - Buttercup Mexico  border fence  Imperial Sand Dunes - Buttercup Mexico  border fence

Border Fence - Imperial Sand Dunes
Imperial Sand Dunes, west of Yuma, Ariz. – A stretch of border fence directly south of where Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar was murdered by drug traffickers in January 2008. Agent Aguilar was killed by the driver of a drug load vehicle that drove unhindered into the U.S. across the Imperial Sand Dunes. The Department of Homeland Security has now constructed fence along 359 miles of the nation’s Southwest border.

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Other Buttercup Photos

Buttercup Camping Area   Buttercup Camping Area   Buttercup Comp Hill   Buttercup from North of I8 - Imperial Sand Dunes

Buttercup Camp - 1977 & Today
1977 & 2004

Plank Road

Buttercup Plank Rd.   Plank Road Replica   Imperial Sand Dunes Plank Rd. Replica   Buttercup Plank Rd. Monument   Plank Road - Imperial Sand Dunes

Plank Road Satellite Image

Other Nearby Camping Areas on the south side of Interstate 8

  • Midway

  • Plank Road

  • Grays Well

Maps & Satellite Images (click to enlarge)

      Imperial Sand Dunes Aerial Photo    Imperial Sand Dunes Map    Glamis Map

Buttercup Aerial Photos

Buttercup Rest Area    Buttercup - Imperial Sand Dunes

Getting there from the Dunes

From Gecko Road, take the Sand Highway south until it ends above Dune Buggy Flats. Then to the Gordons Well I-8 overcrossing.  Cross bridge, and head east past Grays Well and Plank road.

Getting there from the Highway

I-8 to the Grays Well exit.  Buttercup campground is on the south side of the highway, to the left.

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Buttercup Weather

Buttercup Weather   Buttercup Weather



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