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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
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No. of sites
47
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 40 people per site
Fires allowed
Potable water available
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No RV hookup
RV sanitation available
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Hiking
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Swimming
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Fishing
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Snow sports
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Hipcamper Mitch

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

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.

Hipcamper Mark

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.

Hipcamper Ellen

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

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!

Hipcamper Callie

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.

Hipcamper Caitlin

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

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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