Hipcamp host Matthew H.
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Your own camping plot minutes from the Sand Dunes National Park Gates, at the base of Mt. Blanca (a 14’er)! Wake up to unobstructed million dollar views. Lovely area with lots of wildlife. Pulls campers from all walks of life and everyone seems to have a huge smile on their face. A little town with sundries is close enough for goods but far enough to forget you’re near civi

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Your own camping plot minutes from the Sand Dunes National Park Gates, at the base of Mt. Blanca (a 14’er)! Wake up to unobstructed million dollar views. Lovely area with lots of wildlife. Pulls campers from all walks of life and everyone seems to have a huge smile on their face. A little town with sundries is close enough for goods but far enough to forget you’re near civilization. The nights sky has an unobstructed view of the sky (no light pollution). Easy to get to and close to the sand dunes.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Matthew a message!
  • Check in: After 8AM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
OHV
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sand Dunes Base Camp in Colorado.

Cave
Desert
Mesa or canyon
Mountainous
Waterfall

The vibe at Sand Dunes Base Camp

16 Written reviews
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Hipcamper Megan
Megan J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 20th, 2018

This property has amazing 360 degree views, and impressive mountains just to the north. A plot of prairie with sage, cactus, and peaceful silence, this is a perfect place for the self sufficient tent camper or for anyone with an RV or camper too. Pet friendly and just minutes away from the national forest, zapata falls hiking trails, and Great Sand Dunes National Park. A must stay!

This drive in camp site is perfect for the self sufficient camper!The property is just minutes away from Great Sand Dunes National ParkCannot beat these breakfast views.cannot beat these views
Hipcamper Matthew
Response from Matthew, the Host, on April 21st, 2018

Thanks for the awesome review Megan! Come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Alexander
Alexander M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 28th, 2019

The place has no view of sand dunes, its about 30-35 min away from the dunes on the other side of the mountain ridge towards Alamosa, right next to highway as others had mentioned. My wife didnt feel safe at all, she said the place was creepy.

Also you must have 4x4 or you will have to leave your car on the side of the road and walk on cactuses to go pitch a tent as there is no driveway to the place, no designated place for fire either - you have to dig a hole yourself, which is not so fun with so many cactuses. We ended up leaving it feeling cheated.

If you cant find the spot at the dunes, better head over to Crestone's campsites - there were plenty of fully set up sites available.

Hipcamper Matthew
Response from Matthew, the Host, on September 1st, 2019

Unfortunately, this information is false and misleading. We are 15 minutes from the Sand Dunes entrance and offer a safe and friendly camp spot. This “reviewer” is an employee at a competing campground and has provided false information and did not use correct coordinates. Note that “Alexander” has 1 review and no bookings in his profile.

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Hipcamper Morgan
Morgan S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 30th, 2018

My friends and I loved staying here! It was super easy to find and very close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We were hit with a slight amount of inclement weather but the views were worth it! It was very peaceful and felt secluded as there weren't any other campers around. Will stay here when we visit the Sand Dunes again!

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Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 8th, 2018

The Great Sand Dunes Base Camp was amazing with stunning views in all directions. The campsite was easy to find with Matthews help (FaceTime) just to make sure I was in the right spot. Great Sand Dunes NP and Zapata Falls were only a short drive away.

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Hipcamper Skye
Skye C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 17th, 2018

Matthew was very helpful when we had questions, quick to respond. Perfect low key campsite with a beautiful view. Will definitely book again sometime!

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Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 7th, 2018

Only recommendation would be, let future campers know how high the winds can get. Our tent snapped three poles on the second day. So we left a day early.

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Hipcamper Matthew
Response from Matthew, the Host, on August 15th, 2018

I’m sorry to hear that. Generally winds are not an issue in that area. Come back next time for a free stay!

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Hipcamper Diana
Diana A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 17th, 2018

This was a great camp for our purposes - there is a great view of the mountain and the visibility is fantastic so we were able to watch a meteor shower at night. It is a lovely place but if you want total seclusion this isn’t for you - you can see see cars passing on the road in the distance and a trailer relatively close by had a generator (we think) that we could hear through the night.

Hipcamper Matthew
Response from Matthew, the Host, on August 21st, 2018

Thanks Diana! As far as a generator is concerned I believe that was only a temporary well repair noise and is no longer an issue. We value the quiet landscape.

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Hipcamper Eddie
Eddie C.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 9th, 2019

Site is right next to the highway with many cars driving by. Did not even end up staying here.

Hipcamper Matthew
Response from Matthew, the Host, on June 20th, 2019

The site is a far distance from the highway, as our photos clearly show. This review is related to another camp site.

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Hipcamper Keiko

Painfully beautiful view

Keiko L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 7th, 2019

It's tough to recommend this site if you plan to do any kind of "hanging out". If you're looking to just drop a tent, spend the night, and get up early and hit the dunes or a nearby hike, it will do the job. However, please understand that there is no shade. Zero. Expect to be hot and uncomfortable during summer months. The traffic on 160 is pretty noisy and doesn't die down until about 2am or so. There are sand spurs and cactus all over the place so be prepared to deal with painful pokes in just about any area of your body as they have a knack for finding their way into just about all areas of your experience. I can tell someone has tried to clear away the spot, but I'd suggest a more aggressive approach - it really needs to be brought down to dirt. We also did not find the area to be terribly dog friendly as it is easy to wonder off to the roads or someone else's property.
The one amazing quality that made the stay worth it - the star-gazing opportunities abound. Simply put, the view of the stars is the best I've every seen, anywhere. If you stay on a night when the moon is mostly hidden and there aren't many clouds, you'll be in for the treat of a lifetime.

Property
Southern Colorado Dream Camp
State
Colorado
$21/night
2 Sites
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