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Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes

· Fort Garland, Costilla, Colorado
5 acres hosted by Barry D.
3 RV/tent sites
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Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
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.  There are two entrances onto the property, one at the bottom and one at the top. You can avoid some wind by camping near Lewis-Smith Rd at the lowest part of the land.  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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Fort Garland, Costilla, Colorado, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Nʉmʉnʉʉ Sookobitʉ (Comanche), Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Jicarilla Apache First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Barry D.Joined in January 2021
82 ratings · 66 reviews
Maggie T.recommends
September 4, 2023
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great spot- easily accommodated our friends' camper and plenty of space for our tent. Loved hearing the coyotes at night and seeing mule deer come through the property during the day!
Ron F.recommends
August 25, 2023
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Great Trip
I loved the privacy, cleanliness and the view from the campsite. The location was great. I was able to visit Taos, Salida, and Pagosa Springs in a few days
Michael C.recommends
July 26, 2023
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
The land was fairly secluded but within 15 minutes of Fort Garland. The 3 sites are fairly close to each other, it would be pretty rough if all 3 sites where in use. It was quite and had beautiful veiws.
Brooke S.recommends
July 23, 2023
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Another great stay. So quiet. The night sky was fantastic!
Pepe L.recommends
July 11, 2023
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Outside with plenty of views.
Great location near the Sand Dunes. Beautiful 360 views.
David P.recommends
July 10, 2023
Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes
Wonderful spot.
Great Spot, very secluded and peaceful. Winds picked up and a storm blew threw right at before sunset then everything settled down and it was beautiful. 10/10 The directions lead you straight there.
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