Dispersed camping sites available to those with high clearance 4 wheel drive along the Medano Pass Primitive Road. No toilets, water, fire pits, or picnic tables. Pretty much just a bear locker in the woods, which made it ideal! Lots of trees for hammocks, the Medano Creek was nearby. Several water crossings if you drive along far enough, and you can hike up to Medano lake if you feel like a moderate challenge! Of course, the sand dunes were amazing too! We took this trip in June, prior to La Rona.
Location we had was nice and quiet.
It's slight hidden behind a bigger RV andodge campground. It was beautiful views from ANY tent site you got. It had bathroom n accessible showers if needed. Firewood. Friendly hosts and snacks. And RIGHT outside the entrance to see the dunes. It was awesome! Close to lakes n rivers to fish and just beautiful.
The campsite is cool, but crowded. You can get a permit to backpack a mile into the dunes (away from people's sight). It's a good hike into the dunes, but once you find a spot, it's incredible. Beware what time you go, it can be freezing and windy, so best to go probably in May. It's extremely secluded - you're fully surrounded by the dunes with the mountains in the background. Obviously good to be prepared with plenty of water and food cuz sand… Highly recommend doing this! One of my favorite and most memorable camping/backpacking trips, for sure.
Four stars because the campsite at the actual park was full and the one outside of the park was unorganized, but they had great service and were very friendly. Hiked around 10 miles with my dog in the dunes and on the mountain and will return in a couple days to go to the summit.
Sits above the dunes. Also has very clean restrooms with showers to attempt and get sand off.
My family and I made our first trip to The Great Sand Dunes this year. The campground had lots of amenities and was in a great location. This was our first RV trip and we found the RV spots were pretty packed in together. But they are all in 1 line, the view was great, and bathrooms are really close. This is a great place to stay a couple nights.
Incredible views and close proximity to Great Sand Dunes National Park make this campground a must stay. Site 33 was close to the extremely clean bathrooms and perfect for our group!
There are around 90 primitive tent only campsites here in addition to a couple dozen RV sites, cabins, and a mini lodge.
$25/night for a tent only site, but the location to the park can’t be beat and the fee includes two showers (unlimited time).
Some sites have picnic tables (not in the best shape) and all have fire rings.
The general store is open from 8am-8pm, along with the restaurant. Everything was pretty reasonably priced and the food was good. They also rent boards for surfing the sand dunes.
The view of the sunset and Milky Way were priceless. We would definitely return.
We loved this camp site! It was our first time to tent camp in Colorado and it was great. Several sites to choose from. Some have views of the dunes, some are more secluded. Bathrooms were clean. Very spacious tent site with a fire pit. Our tent sleeps 6 and we had no trouble fitting in the spot.