Hipcamp host Xerxes
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NOTE: PLEASE READ SHAUN’S REVIEW BELOW. Gorgeous 40 acre RAW land in the heart of Colorado’s San Luis Valley featuring magnificent 360 degree mountain views including the Sangre de Cristo Range. The site is just a few minutes drive to San Luis State Wildlife Area and just a little further will take you to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  All the views in this area and the Continue reading...

NOTE: PLEASE READ SHAUN’S REVIEW BELOW.Gorgeous 40 acre RAW land in the heart of Colorado’s San Luis Valley featuring magnificent 360 degree mountain views including the Sangre de Cristo Range. The site is just a few minutes drive to San Luis State Wildlife Area and just a little further will take you to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. All the views in this area and the abundant wildlife make it a wonderful place to set up a tent or park an RV and free yourself up from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The nearest city (Alamosa) is about 20 mins away, with dozens of dining options, several hotels, retail stores, grocery stores, parks, galleries, the fabled Rio Grande and its namesake, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.


PLEASE READ SHAUN’S REVIEW BELOW!!! - This is legitimate raw camping. There is nothing on this land that will aid you - i.e. potable water source, septic system, shower, firewood, etc. Although the nearest city where you can get food, etc. is only 20 mins away so you can easily get back into "civilization" if you'd like to.- The site is in an undeveloped land and there is no maintained road going to the property. A 4x4 vehicle will definitely ease the drive as you will be going through and in between sage brushes.- It’s advisable to reach the site during daytime as there are old barbed wire fence that is now laying on the ground. - Follow google maps via my listing. This will take you right at the site.- There are no designated camp sites on the property. Choose the best spot as you please.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
3 bookable sites
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water
Fires allowed
No toilet
Pack it out
Pets allowed
Off leash, on leash
No showers
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
No RV hookup
No RV sanitation
Have a question? Send Xerxes a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
Wildlife watching
Horseback riding
Wind sports
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Colorado Desert Life

4 Reviews
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Hipcamper Katie
Recommends this listing

Make sure you put in the GPS Coordinates that you get from your host after booking. Just follow that and watch the map as you go, when one road ends, you will see a path going off the road next to an abandoned trailer and old wooden house, go down that little dirt path. There will be another turn at the end of the property going right, it will be outlined with little pieces of colored glass so you know where to turn. Keep going down that road and you will just camp where ever you find a good spot! It's very primitive, but that's what makes it wonderful. There are a lot of sage bushes you will have to drive over - I did this in a Honda CR-V just fine. If you are worried about this or your car getting scratched up, this may not be the best campsite for you.
Once you get out there, it's only you for miles. Make sure you check with current regulations on fires, I went during a time where there was a ban, so no bonfire for me.
There are incredible 360º views of the mountainous landscape. It's incredibly quiet in the midst of nature, occasionally you will hear cows moo, birds chirping, or coyotes playing with their friends. It's so peaceful.

I camped in a bit of a sandy area, so it was great to just be able to walk around barefoot, cook and listen to music.
-- Be careful though, there are some flies out here that are ruthless and will bite. Keep your tent zipped up so they will not get in and bite you while you sleep.

Hipcamper Xerxes
Response from Xerxes, the Host, on July 30th, 2018

Thanks for leaving additional tips for future campers Katie. Those are great pictures you posted as well! Hope to host you again soon!

Hipcamper Shaun
Has mixed feelings towards this listing

We booked two nights at Colorado Desert Life because all of the sites at Great Sanddunes were taken. We discovered Hipcamp on line and it seemed like a cool concept. The booking went smoothly but the directions sounded a little confusing. We called our host and he returned our call with good info on the best way to find the property. Finding it was actually easier than we thought, Google maps via the Colorado Desert Life page took us right to it. Here's where the adventure began. There is no road in or parking lot or gate designating where the property begins. You will be driving on flat well packed sand between and sometimes over waist high brush. Now here is the crux, you'll know you are on the property when (and I hope this doesn't scare you off because this really is a unique environment!) you drive over the barbed wire that is the old fence now laying on the ground. It would be best to enter during daylight hours. It is very very quiet out there. The night sky was amazing! We heard Coyotes off in the distance, saw a huge Owl and saw a Jackrabbit run off during breakfast. If you have ever been driving down the road and thought "wouldn't it be cool to camp in that huge field " well now you can.

Hipcamper Xerxes
Response from Xerxes, the Host, on June 11th, 2018

Dear Shaun, Thank you for leaving a review of the property and sharing your adventurous stay. Yes this site is not for everyone but as you pointed out, the serenity and closeness to wildlife rewards those who “rough it out”! :) You are always welcome to use the site should you travel to the sand dunes again. Have a wonderful day! Xerxes

Hipcamper Laura
Recommends this listing

Great location very close to the Sand Dunes - super secluded. There was a little glass/debris from previous campers, but overall this was a great campsite!

Hipcamper Xerxes
Response from Xerxes, the Host, on July 10th, 2018

Dear Laura, It’s my pleasure to share our site with you. Thank you! Xerxes

Hipcamper Colton
Recommends this listing

The site was well described. It was not difficult to find, although the dirt path was rather unclear at times. It is truly out there, if thats what you're looking for. Beautiful place, would recommend.

Hipcamper Xerxes
Response from Xerxes, the Host, on August 7th, 2018

Colton, Thanks for checking our camp site out. Glad you find the place beautiful! Xerxes

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