Great Sand Dunes National Monument

Camping and lodging

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There is no lodging within Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Motels and other accommodations are available in Alamosa, 35 miles southwest. Click Here. (Rates, availability and reservation online)

There are also a few small motels in Mosca, Crestone, and Fort Garland, they are not available for online reservations.


Pinyon Flats Campground

Located in the Monument, Pinyon Flats Campground is open year round.

  • 88 campsites on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Facilities include: Picnic tables, fire grates, drinking water, rest rooms with running water and electricity; handicap sites are available.
  • Campground can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (space limit is 30-35 feet, maximum).
  • Open wood fires ARE permitted as long as they're in the grates provided in each campsite. Wood gathering prohibited. Fire wood can be purchased in the visitor center,
  • Sites usually fill by noon on summer weekends and by evening during the week.
  • Limit is 6 people per site.
  • Cost per campsite is $10 per night, $5 with Golden Age/Golden Access pass. Groups campsite.

Great Sand Dunes Oasis

Located 4 miles from the Visitor Center at the Monument's boundary, facilities are open April 1 - through October 31 with limited hours in April and October. For information call 719-378-2222 .

  • 130 tent sites ($10 per night for 2 people), 20 RV sites ($15 per night for 2 people), 6 group sites ($3 per person, minimum of 10 people), 2 camping cabins ($25 per night for 2 people), 2 teepees ($25 per night for 2 people). Additional people $2.50 each.
  • Reservations can be made for RV and group camping, cabins, teepees and tours.

Mosca Campground

Located in the San Luis Lakes State Park, 13 miles from the the Monument on County 6-Mile Lane, east of Colorado Hwy 17, facilities are closed during winter months. For information call 719-378-2020.

  • 51 camp sites with view of the San Juan, Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes.
  • Facilities include: electrical hook-ups, sheltered tables, fire grates, drinking water, bathhouse with modern restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities.
  • No sewer hook-ups, but a dump station is available for RVs.
  • $3 day pass (good from the day purchased until noon the next day)
  • Annual state pass is $30. Colorado residents 62 years or older qualify for $10 Aspen Leaf Annual.Pass. Aspen Leaf holders can camp free Sunday through Thursday nights ($3 electrical fee charged).
  • Camping fee: $10 per night.

Backcountry Camping

Designated Sites or Camping at Large in Dune Wilderness

  • Primitive tent camping only, no facilities
  • Accessible by foot
  • Permits required for overnight parking while camping
  • Back country permit required
  • Open campfires prohibited
  • Party size limited to 6 people
  • Handicap site along Medano Pass Primitive Road - paved access road, fire grate and outdoor privy

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