Pitch your tent at 7600 feet in one of largest high desert valleys in the world, the San Luis Valley. We are surrounded by 12,000-, 13,000-,and 14,000-foot peaks. The campsites have 360 degree views, abundant desert flora and fauna, and a truly spectacular nightscape. The Colorado Sports Ranch and Refuge is a working homestead with horses, goats, turkeys, ducks, chickens, d
Pitch your tent at 7600 feet in one of largest high desert valleys in the world, the San Luis Valley. We are surrounded by 12,000-, 13,000-,and 14,000-foot peaks. The campsites have 360 degree views, abundant desert flora and fauna, and a truly spectacular nightscape. The Colorado Sports Ranch and Refuge is a working homestead with horses, goats, turkeys, ducks, chickens, dogs, cats, honeybees, and a donkey named Peggy.
Homestead tours are available on request and 1-3 working residencies on the main homestead for athletes, artists, returning veterans, and others seeking emotional and physical refuge are available.
The camping area is 1/4 mile from the main house, and fresh potable water is available 500 meters away. Fire rings, camp circles, a picnic table, hammock points, and camp style grills are provided.
Tent camping only.
Amenities are uniquely tailored for athletes. There are miles of trails for running/riding, and an open air gym with kettlebells, TRX, strongman equipment, plyo boxes, a drag sled, medicine balls, free weights, flip tires and slacklines. The camping area is primitive, undeveloped raw land on the floor of the San Luis Valley. Farm fresh free range duck and chicken eggs, veggies, coffee, honey and baked goods are available (seasonally) at the main house for purchase. Secluded and quiet. Simple and restorative. LBGTQ+ friendly, woman-veteran owned and operated.
- Check in: After 11AM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Blue Mesa Reservoir
San Luis Lakes, Blue Mesa Resevior, and and the Arkansas and Rio Grand River are available for fishing with a Colorado Fishing ...Read more
High mountain highing is accessible via Crestone, and less strenuous hikes are available at the ranch and at nearby Rainbow Tra...Read more
Penitente canyon and the 12, 13, and 14,000 ft surrounding areas provide ample opportunities for climbing.
Monarch and Wolf Creek ski resports are 1 hour away.
Sand Surfing is a unique experience available at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
The Sand Dunes swimming pool is a unique, thermal pool with a dedicated adults only swim up bar.
Available in Salida and West of Del Norte.
There is an abundance of birds, particularlu large Raptors in the valley. Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Owls, and Kestrels can be fo...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Colorado Sports Ranch & Refuge in Colorado.
We are located on a high desert valley along the continental divide. Sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, and small desert wil...Read more
Joyful Journey, a quiet, clean hot spring resort is just 10 minutes down the road. Three pools of different temperatures and s...Read more
The vibe at Colorado Sports Ranch & Refuge
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We loved this amazing off grid ranch! Lisa was super sweet and helpful, and this gem is nestled into the San Luis valley - not far from Great Sand Dunes National Park. It also has a great gym area for athletic aficionados who want to train in the high altitude. The campfire set up was amazing as well, and Lisa offered to bring us fresh water from the spring. Something to be aware of - the sharp Chico plants! Watch out for them if you'd prefer to not change a tire ;) And having 4 wheel drive would be highly advised.
What a beautiful and peaceful place to camp! Lisa was so friendly and accommodating and the ranch is breathtaking. With the tranquil sounds of nature everywhere and the beautiful mountain views all around this is definitely a wonderful place to pitch a tent and relax a while! :) The sunsets are so glorious and colorful and the land is great for a long stroll. If you are looking for some inner peace and a zen spot to rest your head then this is the place. I would definitely stay here again! :D
Nice place to camp for the sand dunes. Easy to find and able to access the camp site in a 2003 Honda Accord. Fire pit (firewood for sale for $5), flat logs for seating, host provides a trailer with a bathroom, potable water, a cup of morning coffee, and fun tour of all the animals on the farm! Great experience, amazing sunset views, it's how you want car camping to go.
Wow! Such a perfect spot to pitch a tent for the night. You'll enjoy a very private sandy campsite. A neat fire/picnic area (wood $5) and a charcoal grill if you happen to bring some! Lisa's property is an amazing and very convenient place to spend the night before heading to the Sand Dunes early in the morning. I hope everyone gets to meet Peggy the pet donkey who is more like a dog. If you're a fitness enthusiast you can even go pump some iron in the open gym.
10/10 would recommend
Colorado Sports Ranch and Refuge was amazing! The views from the campsite are stunning. There are a 3 campsites, but all feel very private. Lisa was a great host and my boyfriend and I felt super comfortable staying there 2 nights. The bathroom in the RV a short walk away and fresh water made it even easier. Sunsets by the fire were magical with the mountains in the background. One note is that there isn't any natural shade, so if you are planning to hang out during the day or go in the middle of summer, might recommend some kind of shaded canopy. Overall, 10/10.
We had an amazing stay here! The animals at the ranch were very sweet. I bonded with the goats and the cat while my boyfriend loved the donkey, Peggy, and the horse! Lisa is a great host, making us delicious coffee, introducing us to her dogs, and giving us a tour of her homestead. The campsite has beautiful views.
Stunning sunset and amazing views
The views were amazing and it felt very private. The only issue we had was the wind (that is how the Sand Dunes were built!). It was insanely strong for several hours and our tent was filled with a fine dust. I would just keep this in mind when pitching a tent - the wind blows from west to east. Other than that, we loved it and the host was very nice and friendly.