This land is located in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. At the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley, Sangre de Cristo Ranches are virtually surrounded by the Rockies. The campsites on our land are literally in San Isabel National Forest. You will be just minutes away from so many awesome destinations!
Mountain House Reservoir: 10 mins - Fort Garland for supplies/gas: 10-15 mins - Great Sand Dunes NP: 45 mins - Sanchez Reservoir: 30 mins - Lathrop State Park: 45 mins - Alamosa: 45 mins - San Isabel National Forest: 0 mins, you're in it!
The closest towns to the property include Fort Garland, Alamosa, Walsenburg, and San Luis. Cell phone reception can be obtained towards the front right of the lot where the land is more open, but it is limited. Fires are welcome in the designated fire rings ONLY. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS A DRY AREA AND SURROUNDING BRUSH CAN LIGHT UP VERY QUICKLY. If there is a fire ban in place, please follow the law for your personal safety. There is plenty of firewood on the property, feel free to use any remaining cut wood, the fallen branches, and any dead trees, but NO CUTTING BRANCHES NOR TREES DOWN. Please do not allow your fire to exceed the size of the fire ring. The fire pits are dug deep into the ground to protect your fire from wind and potential hazards. If you find that it’s a very windy day, please feel free to use the campsite and fire pit in the gulch to help block the wind. Please do not touch nor damage the stone structure that's being built as it is supporting loose sand and old pinon trees. Please leave any project tools that you find near the stone site where they are as we frequently visit the property for cleaning and updates. IF YOU'RE HUNTING, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SHOOTING AT THE TREES AS WE ARE WORKING ON A RESTORATION PROJECT. Please feel free to bring targets or cans with you to practice shoot at. :)
**To find our property, park in the designated space or along the road near the no trespassing/private property sign. If any neighbors say hi, just tell them you’re family! We limit our rentals to only 14 days at this time to follow county guidelines. Follow the sandy trail in, you’ll see green and orange tape on the trees that guide you deeper into the property. There are two dirt roads into the property - if you have a high clearance vehicle, you'll be ok to enter via County Road 25/Beekman (which on Apple Maps it says "Beckman") - if you have a car, you'll want to enter via Trinchera Rach Road. Enjoy! Contact us for the lock access code after booking as there is now a gate to unlock due to previous trespassers.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 5% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Great Sand Dunes Mountain Getaway in Colorado.
The vibe at Great Sand Dunes Mountain Getaway
Places to see near Great Sand Dunes Desert Escape
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Beautiful landscape views of Sand Dunes. Set up in the in the gulch where there is far less wind for your tent and camp fire. Lots of cactus everywhere so would def not recommend for dogs unless they’re familiar with terrain.
Highly recommend this site. It's as advertised - peaceful, private, scenic, incredible night sky. I probably didn't explore it as much as I should have.
Tanya was outstanding - responsive and very easy to work with. In retrospect, I wish I'd asked more questions. The only expectation I had that wasn't met was the parking area being a short, very easy, hike from the nearest campsite/firepit. I expected to car camp it so having to haul gear ~100 paces wasn't ideal but I survived (clearly). Don't let that dissuade you, this property is great and worth your time.
Great camping adventure
Our camping trip to Great Sand Dunes Desert Escape was amazing!! It is a very private camp site. The scenery was beautiful. The stars at night were unbelievable. Tanya was super friendly and quick to respond to any questions I had prior to our camping trip. My group of friends and I definitely want to come back!
Private and secluded.
Awesome 5 acres!!! Me and my wife spent 3 nights in the gulch. Great campsite!!! A little bit windy but good thing we camped in the gulch. Tanya said that the gulch would be less windy and it was. Thanks Tanya for that information and all our help. Great host. Also thanks for letting us hike our property. It’s amazing!!!!! Near the campsite there’s lot of cool sites to go check out. If you don’t mind driving a little bit. The scenery alone is worth a drive. Just remember that you hike in and it’s a leave no trace campsite. Which we loved!! The hike in is near the vehicle but you don’t see the vehicle or hear any. When in and by campsite. We bought the gear in by wheelbarrow and it worked sweet. I would recommend this campsite and we would be back. Wish we owned that property!!! Very sweet area!!!! Thanks again Tanya!!!
A private mountain camping getaway
Campsite is a short walk from the parking space. While most cars should make the drive to the property, the parking space is located above the road, accessible by a *steep* dirt ramp. While my subaru forester made other fine, most cars probably cannot safely make the entrance.
Beautiful, rugged hills surround the campsite. Watch out for cacti if you venture off the trails! Overall the campsite was asked expected and offers both open and protected camping areas.
Pro tips: pack lots of your own water and bring a camp toilet. Also the campsite in the ravine is the most protected from sun and wind. For about 6-10 hours a day, expect intense wind that kicks up lots of dust. Do stay in the lower campsites if you have a choice.
Notes to the host: While we appreciate the option of using your provided chemical toilet, it wasn't emptied prior to our arrival. The open toilet attracted flies. Also, we found discarded underwear, various trash, broken bottles and cans, in and around the campsite. The campsite was, generally speaking, in good condition, but we do expect a higher level of upkeep for $55/night
Tl;Dr: this site offers a great, private option for primitive camping in a beautiful and unique region of Colorado. It's also perfect place to stay if visiting the great sand dunes. We would visit again
We had a really relaxing time staying at Tanyas campsite. Was so nice to be able to have a warm fire at night in the gulch. One thing to know, the parking is quite a ways from campsite 1 and if you're staying in the gulch, its another treck down with all your items....we brought way too much stuff for that lol otherwise its a beautiful private site and watching the bright, star filled sky at night was incredible!! Our dog Tucker absolutely LOVED being able to roam free as well.
The four of us really enjoyed staying at this property - the views were beautiful and there were plenty of spots to choose from to pitch our tents. We felt safe and Tanya was very helpful and quick to respond to my questions in advance of our stay regarding the state of the road up to the site; we visited GSD NP at night and had no issues getting to or from our campsite. We never could find the pit toilet, but luckily had trowels and experience backcountry. Thanks, Tanya! We would definitely stay here again and recommend to anyone passing through or hoping to visit GSD NP without the campsite crowds.