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Pinion Flats Campground

51 Reviews

About This Campground

Pinon Flats Campground is located in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in southern Colorado. The huge dunes are the tallest in North America and comprise about 11 percent of an enormous sand deposit that covers more than 330 square miles.

The dunes have long stood as a landmark for…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Max Length: 40 ft.

Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite

Reviews

51 Reviews of Pinion Flats Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Emily M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2021

Fantastic! But Drive the Speed Limit

Obviously being in the park is fantastic and gorgeous. The campsites are close together, we could hear other sites chatting til 2AM. Our site was specifically great because of trees (no wind). Bathrooms are clean but no hand soap. The store has weird hours, doesn’t open til 2PM. If you want to rent…

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SiteSite 82
Month of VisitMay
Kelsey C.
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2021

Great Spot with Lots of Neighborhoods

This camp site is a mile or so from the base of the Dunes and river. It’s a nice enough location but the camp sites feel pretty close together. There’s not many trees and such to make it feel like there’s much privacy.

The campsites are super sandy (obviously lol) and watch out for lots of…

Elizabeth M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2021

Best place for the Dunes

My oldest has insisted that we return every year now! We love the sand dunes! So many adventures and memories to be had! And the campsite is so clean and quiet. Zapata Falls is a must too! No water this time of year on the Dunes but still a great time!

Month of VisitSeptember

Location

Pinion Flats Campground is located in Colorado

Directions

From Highway 160, turn north on Highway 150 and follow for 16 miles to the entrance of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Continue 5 miles north on the park's main road to reach the campground entrance. From Highway 285, turn south onto CO-17 and follow for 36 miles. Turn east onto Lane 6 and follow for 16 miles to Highway 150. Turn north onto Highway 150 and follow for 2.6 miles to the entrance of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Continue 5 miles north on the park's main road to reach the campground entrance.

Coordinates

37.73333344 N
105.51666682 W

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About This Campground

Pinon Flats Campground is located in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in southern Colorado. The huge dunes are the tallest in North America and comprise about 11 percent of an enormous sand deposit that covers more than 330 square miles.

The dunes have long stood as a landmark for travelers from ancient North Americans to Southern Ute, Jicarilla Apaches, Navajos, early explorers, gold miners, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers and migrant field workers, to you - today's park visitor.

Recreation

Great Sand Dunes' wide range of natural features provides endless outdoor recreational activities. The park is perfect for kids, who love exploring the dunefield on foot or by sled. Medano Creek, at the base of the dunes, is a popular place in the summertime. Kids and adults alike love to splash in the cool water.

Many kid-friendly, ranger-led activities and a junior ranger program are available.

Many miles of hiking and backpacking trails lead through the park's forests and alpine terrain, including the Mosca Pass Trail, Dunes Overlook/Sand Ramp Trail and Indian Grove Trail.

Facilities

Pinon Flats campground offers 86 campsites; all are available to reserve in advance. Sites that are not reserved will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at the park. The park recommends making a reservation in advance, especially for peak summer weekends and holidays. Private first-come, first-served camping is also available just outside the park boundary. For more information about camping, visit www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/camping.htm. During visitor center operating hours, you can see a park film, experience interactive exhibits, speak with a helpful ranger and visit the Western National Parks Association store. Kids of all ages can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet or participate in the Junior Ranger Explorer program.

Natural Features

Great Sand Dunes are the magnificent centerpiece of a natural system that includes high mountain peaks, sparkling streams, vast grasslands and lush forests.

The campground is situated among pinon pines and sagebrush beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Most sites have beautiful views of the snow-covered peaks.

A wide variety of grasses and wildflowers can be found throughout the area, and mule deer are commonly seen in and around the campground.

Nearby Attractions

Zapata Falls is just south of the national park off Highway 150. A short but slippery 1/2-mile hike leads to a 25-foot high cascade. Simply driving to the trailhead provides an excellent view of the entire dunefield and San Luis Valley, especially at sunrise or sunset. San Luis State Wildlife Area is located at the western edge of Great Sand Dunes National Park. It features a large natural lake popular for boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing.

ADA Access: N

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