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Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area
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ltva winterDIRECTIONS TO SITE OR BEST ACCESS POINT:  Use Interstate 8 to Yuma, AZ.  Take the 4th Avenue exit to Imperial County Road S-24.  Go north approximately 22 miles to Senator Wash Road. Turn left onto Senator Wash Road and follow it for approximately 3 miles to the campgrounds. This Long Term Visitor Area is located North of Yuma on the California side of the Colorado River.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SITE:  The Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) was created in 1983 to fulfill the needs of winter visitors and to protect the local desert ecosystem from over-use. The campground is approximately 3,500 acres in size, flat landscape, sparsely vegetated with plants such as Creosote bushes, Palo Verde trees, Ironwood trees, Mesquite trees and various species of cacti.

FACILITIES PROVIDED:  Grey water dump sites, two restroom facilities with outdoor showers, black water dump site with water, trash removal, ramadas and dance floor / music performance area. 

FEATURES:  Cultural sites, rockhounding, watchable wildlife, unique desert scenery, hiking opportunities, security, fishing, boating, and swimming.

FEES / PERMITS REQUIRED:  A Long Term Visitor Area Permit is required from September 15th through April 15th each season. The cost is $180.00 and is valid for up to 7 months. A Short Term Permit can be purchased for a 14-day stay. This permit is $40.00. Permits may be purchased on site or at the BLM Yuma Field Office.

From April 16th through September 14th, the fee is $10 per vehicle for day-use, $15 per vehicle for overnight use, or $75 annually per vehicle, for up to 5 people per vehicle. There will be a $1 per person fee charged for each person over the 5 person limit. The maximum stay is 14 days in a 28-day period. Visitors must pay daily fees at self-registration fee pipes located at the site or at the BLM Yuma Field Office. Annual permits are currently available for purchase at the Yuma Field Office. A Long Term Visitor Area Permit also allows the holder access to day use sites at Senator Wash North and South, and Squaw Lake.

LIMITATIONS:  In addition to existing rules and regulations, there are thirty three supplemental rules which are used to help manage the campgrounds. These rules are published each season in brochure format.

ACCESSIBILITY:  Restroom facilities throughout the campgrounds are handicap accessible. 

For additional information contact:

  Yuma Field Office
7341 E. 30th Street
Yuma, Arizona 85365
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Fax: (928) 317-3250
Field Manager:  John MacDonald
Hours:  7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F