An incredible place to camp! Unencumbered 360* views of Mt Blanca, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Great Sand Dunes National Park and the expansive San Luis Valley. Our land is surrounded by 1000's of acres of open range, with Mt Blanca towering at 14,345 ft just to the East. You may see cattle, elk, pronghorn, red tail hawks and other bird species. You will hear the co
An incredible place to camp! Unencumbered 360* views of Mt Blanca, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Great Sand Dunes National Park and the expansive San Luis Valley. Our land is surrounded by 1000's of acres of open range, with Mt Blanca towering at 14,345 ft just to the East. You may see cattle, elk, pronghorn, red tail hawks and other bird species. You will hear the coyotes howling in the night.
There is an off-grid common building for all campers to access. It contains a restroom, dishwashing station, motion powered lights, USB outlets, filtered well water for your refreshment, and counter space for use for cooking or eating on. We also have a shelter containing bundles of firewood and kindling, and trash and recycling receptacles. Each site has drive-up access and a firepit.
Our home is nearby, but many acres away. You can hike + mountain bike from camp, we just ask for privacy at & around our home. There are many walking trails throughout the landscape and an abandoned ranching corral close to camp.
Camp is accessible via a 3 mile un-maintained dirt road. (4wd highly recommend in inclement weather.) The only people you may see are us or an occasional rancher driving by to check on cattle in the area. It's very quiet here, and sitting at camp you may feel like the only people on earth.That being said, we ask campers with RVs to not use their generators here at camp. The noise from engines is what many are out here to be free from.
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10 min drive to Mt Blanca Trailhead, Zapata Falls and other hiking
15 min drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park
25 min drive to the city of Alamosa
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
San Luis Lakes is a state park offering fishing. It's just a few miles west of the Sand Dunes
Hike in the land surrounding camp. Or nearby: Zapata Falls Great Sand Dunes National Park Blanca Wetlands (open July-Nov)
Zapata Ranch just to the north (8 miles) offers bison tours and horseback riding
Feel free to use off road vehicles around camp
14er Mt Blanca trailhead is about an 8 minute drive from camp.
The Hooper Pools are naturally heated swimming pools and hot tubs. They are about a 30-40 min drive from camp
We see the following: Birds: Orioles, Bluejays, Swallows, Sparrows, hummingbirds, morning doves, Ravens, Hawks. Animals: pron...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Five Mile Ranch Camp in Colorado.
River, stream or creek
A half mile walk from camp to the west are a couple of ponds which make for great photo ops.
Blanca wetlands are just a few miles due west. Seasonally from July thru Feb.
You may be welcomed by free-range cattle. There is no farm here so there is no smell. Don't worry!
The vibe at Five Mile Ranch Camp
Places to see near Mt Blanca Base Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Mt. Blanca Base Camp is great! It's a perfect spot to pitch your tent, witness an extraordinary sunset, enjoy a good camp meal, sleep under a vast blanket of stars, wake to an incredible sunrise and start your adventure with camp coffee...all at the base of the stunning Mt. Blanca (and other peak friends!). Camp is about 2 miles down a sandy dirt road with a great flat spot for your tent, a perfect firepit + grate setup and even a super clean, convenient, private "outhouse" area. No need to dig catholes! :) They've graciously covered all you need at a campsite!
Things to do:
You're just a few miles from the Great Sand Dunes, so make sure you get up and at 'em one morning to beat the crowds and gain free entry to the park--they're a MUST SEE! Late April-June, Medano Creek at the base of the dunes is a perfect spot to chill and people watch after trekking down. Heck, bring your suit and join the kids! Afterwards, head over to Zapata Falls for a short jaunt to a beautiful "hidden" waterfall. If it's too hot to head back to camp, you're about 15-20 min from Alamosa, where you can find anything you need by way of food, supplies and beer!
Perhaps most importantly, this site is BEST base camp for bagging Blanca peak, Colorado's 4th highest 14er. But plan wisely--unless you want to make it a 17-18 mile hike to gain ~7,000 ft, make sure you have 4WD and drive up to Lake Como on the morning you hike. For a weekend trip, we suggest hiking on your first morning and exploring/chilling the next.
***The San Luis Valley is actually home to wetlands areas, attracting biting gnats and mosquitoes in summer months. Make sure to bring your bug spray (natural or essential oils!) to ward off the pesky critters.
We had such an amazing weekend camping at Mt Blanca Base Camp. We headed down from Denver on a Friday afternoon and it took about 4 hours (not bad at all!). The campsite was super easy to find based of the directions, and we were greeted by the cows on the property. We spent most of Friday night just enjoying the beautiful landscape, cooking up some dinner, and hanging around the fire. Saturday it was a quick drive to the Great Sand Dunes National Park where we spend the day hiking and hanging by the water. Perfect location for what we needed, and quite possibly one of the coolest composting toilet spots I have ever gotten to use. Awesome weekend, and would highly recommend staying here!
Remember to bring all your own water for the weekend and pack out your trash!
If you're into a really scenic campsite with peace and quiet, this spot is for you! Upon entering the dirt road leading to the property, you will come across a cattle guard. Drive slow over this as it appears to be caved in just a bit. I recommend having a truck or SUV that's higher off the ground than a car but the dirt road is a breeze for pretty much any vehicle as long as you drive slow in some spots. I will say, though, I'm glad I drove a truck and not a low-to-the-ground car. As you keep driving down the dirt road you will eventually run into the campsite that's conveniently marked with a sign. There are plenty of flat spots to pitch a tent. We had a 6-man tent and there was plenty of space in the sand. Bring extra long tent stakes if you can as the sand is soft like beach sand in areas. Once you're all set up, enjoy starting a campfire in the fire pit/grill combo while staring at the massive 14er off in the distance. As far as the "out house" goes, it was super convenient and much much better than digging a hole in the middle of nowhere to do your business. Overall, we had a short but great trip. I'll be back again for sure!
The site is picture perfect, and jamie was a amazing host. Our vechicle broke down and had to get it towed one day into our trip. Jamie helped us get our stuff left at camp, and even helped to get us a refund for the remainder of the trip. Will defiently come back!!
This was an amazing spot. It was exactly what my fiance and I were looking for. Totally secluded with nobody for miles. Super quiet except for when the herd of cows come through, but they are incredibly cute. Especially the little calves. I would recommend this place for all campers who want to be far from the rest of civilization but still close to fun hikes.
One of the most fantastic places we have ever stayed! Jamie was great, very helpful with all my messages that I was sending. The best part was at night you could see the entire milky way in the sky it was so clear!! We probably stayed up until 4am staring at the stars and sitting around the fire. (Jamie even provided a bundle of firewood for us so that we didn't have to go searching, it was awesome!) We were also only about 15-20 minutes from the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I would definitely definitely recommend and we can't wait to go back!
Perfect little site. I think the owners house can be seen from the site, but getting there around 5PM we didn't see another soul the entire evening. Be VERY careful over that first cattle guard, especially if your car doesn't have great clearance. I would definitely return, beautiful views everywhere you look. One caveat...there isn't much shade. That was ok for us since we arrived later in the day, but something to consider if you might spend a lot of daylight hours here.