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Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes

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· Colorado
5 acres
3 sites
3 Caravan/Tent
Learn more about this land: As the Scenic Passenger Train is heard in the distance you'll look up towards Mount Blanca and imagine your next adventure living among the wildflowers of this High Desert Mountain Hipcamp. Recovering from a wildfire the ancient sage brushes that had previously made the land harsh and unwelcoming are gone, replaced with an abundance of grasses and wildflowers. Open Land as far as you can go to the East you'll follow the Coyote canyon to high mountain lookouts. There are old logging maintenance roads you also take advantage of. Hike, Bike or Motor around the local area. Fort Garland and Blanca have a community center, septic dump and water fill and can provide groceries. The Great Sand dunes are about 45 minutes away. The Sand Dunes swimming pool fed by a very hot artisan well is about an hour away. Mountain Home Lake is also within 1/2 an hour or so for fishing/water sports with a nice boat ramp. Escape from light pollution like never before, a clear night sky will make the whole trip worthwhile! Lots of wild life and you will most likely see some deer, hear the coyotes, and count the different colors of the humming birds. You can book a train ride out of Alamosa, and visit the local historic towns. The views will make it hard to leave the campsite, but there are tons of experiences and things to do in the area so make sure to do some research before you arrive.  The weather and wind can be unpredictable in the mountains, so be prepared.  You can avoid some wind by camping near Lewis-Smith Rd at the lowest part of the land, but is only recommended for pitching a tent.  Also, the site can accommodate large trailers/RV's but just make sure to plan your entrance/exit carefully and don't go to far down the hills.  Just choose a wise spot to park if in a big rig.  There are some small tires around that you can use to sit on or if you dig a hole that you fill in before leaving you can make a temporary toilet.  Make sure to haul out all your trash and leave the site cleaner than it was when you arrived and respect the land.  If you do come across a mess from the previous camper and clean it up, just let us know and we will give you a refund for the night. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
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Colorado, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Barry D.Joined in January 2021
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52 Ratings · 42 reviews
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Caitlin O.recommends
October 21, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Beautiful sky!
This was a great site it you want the feel of dispersed camping without having to stay to far from the road or worry about getting a spot. We set-up on top of the mesa - 2 families with 2 trailers - room for us both. The night sky was gorgeous! The dogs loved being able to frolic freely. Kiddos likes exploring and roaming about. Be forewarned this site is super exposed so if there is any wind you will definitely feel it, also no shade if you are heading out in hotter months. Overall a great spot to spend the night while exploring the area and wanting to avoid the crowds and constriction of a campground or RV park.
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Elyse R.recommends
October 6, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great spot!
We loved this camp site! Easy access, great location to the sand dunes, and beautiful views! Would definitely return back.
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Kim K.recommends
October 2, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
The property has beautiful views and for us, very private. We were the only ones there. The lower areas were a little grown up but the upper area was perfect. Keep in mind, the road is a little rough getting up. We have a Jeep pulling a small teardrop so it wasn’t too bad but if you have something bigger, it might be a little tough.
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Emma C.recommends
October 2, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
The campsite had an amazing view of the mountains and super close to the Sand Dunes National Park. Overall had an amazing experience and the campsite was well kept and clean
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Maddie S.recommends
September 30, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Magical place!
So private and beautiful! Exactly what we wanted. I think we saw one car driving down the road the entire weekend we were there. Great for enjoying the sand dunes (about 40 min drive) and there’s a BUNCH of 14ers in the area, great base camp that we will keep in mind for future adventures! We also could see the Milky Way every night! This place is truly magical
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Rick Y.recommends
September 12, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Pretty remote but 2 wheel drive van made it fine
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Rick Y.recommends
September 12, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great View of Mt Blanc. Very private & enjoyed a great sunset
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Demi C.recommends
September 5, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
The area was beautiful and there were two established camp fire pits. The people who were before us left a mess - we were pulling glass, cans, cigars, etc out of the pit and surrounding area which was concerning since I brought my dog. The campers before us also left an easy up frame on the premises. Other than that, the views were beautiful and the instructions were clear. The location was close enough to the Sand Dunes but far enough away for privacy and clear night skies.
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Lindsey G.recommends
September 5, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Beautiful getaway
We loved our stay! It was quiet, peaceful, private, and beautiful. We will be back!
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Caitlyn P.recommends
August 26, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Beautiful views!
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Steve D.recommends
August 22, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Beautiful views and a great spot to get off the grid.
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Gina P.recommends
August 10, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Arrived at dark...
We arrived after dark and set up without really seeing the lay of the land. Imagine our surprise in the morning to see the gorgeous and vast open mountains surrounding us. Beautiful land! Great views of Mount Blanca! Reasonable drive to the sand dunes. Would stay again.
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Nicholas K.recommends
July 25, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Nice communication! We weren’t able to stay there due to weather but we want to come back!
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Allie H.recommends
July 17, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Amazing scenery! Directions were clear and easy to follow, great start gazing and sunsets.
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Chelsea M.recommends
July 1, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great Views!
Great property with great views! Fun to set up camp and fun to enjoy the campfire under the stars.
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Randy T.recommends
June 12, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great property gorgeuos views. Super private!
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Chloe N.recommends
June 10, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Very beautiful, secluded space
We enjoyed our stay here. The view is absolutely stunning and we had the entire site to ourselves. Warning, low profile cars beware. I have a 4 door sedan and had a tricky time getting to the site. There is cell service which was nice but no one is around for miles. Good directions on how to get to site. Toilet is you digging a whole in the ground and using a tire for a seat. No real toilet on site. Please be careful with fires as there are high winds and wildfires are common in the area! We would stay again
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Shannon J.recommends
May 30, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
So peaceful and secluded!!! Beautiful mountain views! Highly reccomend! Gorgeous sunsets :) a wonderful place to take a break from it all.
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Gretchen F.recommends
May 27, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Beautiful quiet spot!
Off the grid! But close drive to Sand Dunes. Nice, flat space. Gorgeous view every direction. Thank you for sharing the space with us. Take a screenshot of the final map because there is no service.
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Kevin M.recommends
May 3, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Awesome spot to set up a tent and enjoy the solitude and the views. The kids and the dogs rambled all over the place and slept hard. We'll stay again next time we're playing in the sand.
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Kay M.recommends
April 27, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Amazing spot
Barry was very responsive to questions and the directions were easy to follow. Beautiful scenery! We had an Elk pass by 10ft from our campsite.
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Julie Q.recommends
April 17, 2022
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great spot!
Absolutely gorgeous views to wake up to! Loved seeing the snow capped mountains in the distance. Definitely plan to come back! Barry is a great host. He let us know ahead of time that it would be windy and the current fire ban so we could plan ahead. Directions were great and easy to find even at night. The dogs had a blast running around!
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Wesley H.recommends
October 12, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
What an amazing view! Easy to find with the provided directions. The wind was a minor annoyance, but worth it.
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Mari N.recommends
September 12, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Peaceful place to enjoy the stars.
Loved camping here. Was great to have a campfire and enjoy the nightsky. This site is large and there were many spots to set up camp. I chose a spot on the higher level and enjoyed the sunsets. I didn't need to talk to Barry much but he was very quick and responsive when I did. Also, I had 4g service (VZW) in a few spots.
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Melody W.recommends
August 5, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
The hills are INDEED alive…
Just the amount of wide, open space you NEED! I’m talkin Maria from Sound of Music vibes. The pearly moon, eerie mist, & dusting of stars at night were breathtaking.
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Rachael B.recommends
August 4, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
A fun camping trip!
The land was incredible and gave lots of opportunity to explore. Sadly, it was too overcast for us to see many stars, but the pops of moonlight through the clouds were so beautiful and bright. We saw a couple dear on our first day and were serenaded by coyotes on our second night, but no other wildlife run ins besides those. The drive to The Great Sand Dunes was also easy. I absolutely recommend staying here!
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Mercedes D.recommends
July 31, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
We had an absolutely amazing time during our stay. Such beautiful views!
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Matthew E.recommends
July 29, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great views!
Very nice spot that was easy to get to and had some even nicer views! This was my first Hipcamp experience and Barry was great. Provided easy to follow directions and was quick to reply to any questions.
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Rafe F.recommends
July 27, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Beautiful setting and host is very responsive and accommodating.
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Don H.recommends
July 4, 2021
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Very peaceful and quiet. Great views. We will definitely stay again.
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