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
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.
- Check in: After 11AM
- 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
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Sand Dunes Base Camp in Colorado.
The vibe at Sand Dunes Base Camp
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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!
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!
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.
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.
The site filled up last night and there was only one general area for cars to park that is cleared out, therefore, you end up camping with whoever else booked this area. Last night a family arrived at 10 and setting up with bright lights and children woke me up. I ended leaving to check out the stars at the Great Sand Dunes but did not return to sleep, found another random, more private spot.
Painfully beautiful view
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.