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You absolutely can’t beat the views at Piñon Flats… for realsies. As the sun sets, watch the light dance over the massive sand dunes, creating a Technicolor display you didn’t even know was possible. Subtly snow-capped mountains in the background make this place even more magical, and you’ll hardly want to blink it’s so beautiful. While you’re at the Great Sand Dunes, you’re Continue reading...
You absolutely can’t beat the views at Piñon Flats… for realsies. As the sun sets, watch the light dance over the massive sand dunes, creating a Technicolor display you didn’t even know was possible. Subtly snow-capped mountains in the background make this place even more magical, and you’ll hardly want to blink it’s so beautiful. While you’re at the Great Sand Dunes, you’re going to want to check out Medano Creek, and maybe even climb up the dunes. With this campground, both of those glorious activities are literally in your backyard. There are lots of sites here, but you’ll want to reserve early (especially if you want a prime spot on Loop 1, where the best views are)--because this place gets jam-packed.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
47
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
Sewage
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 40 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Piñon Flats.

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Forest
Hot spring
Lake
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Mitch
Mitch W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 1st, 2015

Be sure to come stocked up on beer, food, and firewood. There is a general store where you check in, but I recall spending almost $100 for the campsite, a couple of 18s of 'cheap' (see: bad) beer, and enough firewood for one night.

Hipcamper Johnathan
Johnathan V.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 24th, 2015

Unless you have a high clearance vehicle to access the backcountry or you have a permit to backpack and camp in the dunefield, this is pretty much the only campground in the park. The camp is very much an improved campsite with fully functional bathrooms and running water. The dune field is a short walk away, but the campsite is far from any town, so make sure you have everything you need. Summer days can be hot and nights can still be cold, so pack accordingly. I would recommend bringing a canopy or something for shade if you plan on hanging around the campsite at day as there aren't a lot of trees and it can get hot. Otherwise, this is a very nice campground.

If you want unimpeded views of the dunes, look for sites on the west side of the loop. The only downside is most of these sites don't have trees for shade, so bring a canopy if you don't want to bake!SLV sunsets are some of the best around.Piñon FlatsNo trails exist in the dunes, so feel free to choose your own adventure!
Hipcamper Mark
Mark S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 20th, 2016

Bring bug spray. Mosquitoes everywhere! Went through 3 cans in 3 days. Sites are somewhat small and rangers are really anal/adamant about not going off the pad. I'm not a fan of that policy, but it is what it is. We stayed in Site 65, which was slightly bigger than others and near the bathroom (but not too close). We didn't have some of the best views like the ones around the outside of the road, but we also had fewer mosquitoes. Trees/shade are somewhat at a premium, and campsite is very busy so plan well in advance if you want to stay here. It's about a 1 mile or so walk to the dune field area, but there is a part that gets you there. Go up the dirt road at least to the point of no return to get away from the people if you can.

Endless dunesSnack in the back of the campsiteRent your sand boards at the general store a few miles outside the parkWildlife and sunset right by campsite - deer frequented there
Hipcamper Ellen
Ellen R.
recommends this listing.
March 17th, 2017

The amazing dunes are created by wind. We slept in the tent in 35mph winds. It got much quieter when we removed the rain fly, which was whipping erratically again the tent.

Hipcamper Shannon
Shannon A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 27th, 2017

We got a group campsite that held up to 40 people in July. It was amazing being able to invite a huge group and most trekked the 4 hour drive to meet us in the dunes. There was more shade provided by trees than anticipated. Many large picnic tables, fire pit, and a couple of grills. Very well laid out for people to talk near the campfire at night and not disturb those sleeping in the tents. We had a lot of deer hang out with us through out the day, and bugs as well. So bring the bug spray!

Something out of a dream. The most luscious sunsets. Enjoy the rush running back down the dunes before darkness falls.All the footsteps in the sand make you feel like you're in a christian self help poster. The magic of the dunes makes eclectic attire appropriate.
Hipcamper Callie
Callie P.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2017

BUGS! In the summer months be prepared for lots of mosquitos. Bring bug spray and you should be fine. I hiked the dunes at both dawn and dusk and it was absolutely beautiful and a great time to avoid the bugs as well. During the day it can get extremely hot, so I suggest you stay cool and relax at your campsite or enjoy the river, if it's flowing.

Dogs are only welcome at the camp grounds, the river, and the front portion of the dunes. Piñon FlatsThe dunes at dusk. Piñon Flats
Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor M.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2017

Don't forget a sled!

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Hipcamper Caitlin
Caitlin F.
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November 20th, 2017

The weather is very changeable. Don't be discouraged by stormy weather, it'll likely be followed by an epic sunset.

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Hipcamper Sara
Sara L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 20th, 2018

Don't camp in the dunes during a lightening storm!

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Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
State
Colorado
Phone Number
719-378-6399
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
37.733° N, 105.517° W
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