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Stayed for two nights with a group of friends. Super nice camp host, good fishing on the river. We had 2 cars so we were able to float down the river in an inflatable raft for a day trip and drive back up w/the second car. Site has water, bathrooms, wood for sale and is super close to town if you need to pick something up at the store, but still feels far enough away to be a nice retreat.
Not much else to do other than fish and float (no close hikes).
I didn't choose to park right next to the lake but was on the other side of the dirt road. Real nice place to relax, camp out, ride my bike, all for free. Felt very safe and had no issues during the stay. Its close to town if needed also. Never saw bugs and wind was pretty calm
That about says it all, nothing but a parking lot and dirt gravel on the Colorado River. Restrooms and showers but only cleaned twice a week during covid-19. When it's winter everywhere else this is where you want to be. Mostly a good crowd. Doc the campground host that everyone enjoyed is gone. Replaced by the current hosts that don't seem to want to engage in anything but to stay isolated in their motorhome.
My first time here we arrived a week before our friend group to secure a good location before the busy thanksgiving weekend and we were the only ones out by the dunes, but the ice cream truck still managed to find us! 😂
There are a lot of regulars who come to the dunes for group camping, and some of them have incredible set-ups, our neighbors rolled in with an 18 wheeler filled with side-by-sides, a flatbed filled with quads, and a hauler filled with bikes, along with 6 big rig RV’s.
This place isn’t actually free you need to buy either a weekly or season pass which runs from November to April ($35 or $150) and the longest you can stay is two weeks without moving your set-up. You can buy a pass at any ATV store or shop, but there is no way to buy one once you’re out here. Rangers and border patrol make the rounds to make sure everyone has a pass, and obeys all ATV rules on the dunes and sand drags.
There is trash at the entrance, slightly inside are toilets. Cell phone service is 5 stars (we work from our RV and had no issues), you can pay to dump and fill up water at the RV park a couple miles from here. The sand is soft, heavy rigs may need to air down.
This is not only a beautiful place, it is also a way of life, and a must do for anyone with a way to get out into the dunes.
Their website is a bit misleading, it is not clear that the resort is open for members only. Not knowing that we called to make the reservation for 3 nights. When we arrived we were told that we should attend a 90 minute presentation. We attended the presentation, but we didn't buy the membership, so now we can't go there until we wait for 2 years and attend another 90 minutes presentation. Otherwise the resort is very nice, considering that it is in the middle of the desert. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The grounds are well kept, bathrooms are clean, there is a fenced area for doggies. If you have a fishing license, you can fish in the lake. They also organize all kind of community programs, bingo, pool games, live bands, etc, that we didn't attend, because of the pandemic. We enjoyed our stay there.