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Fort Garland , COLORADO

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Most Recent Fort Garland Camping Reviews
Open Space Lots of Stars

Stayed 3 days back in March 2020. This is a well maintained no thrills RV park in the desert region of Colorado. Flat and level spaces that can accommodate any size RV. Large clean laundry facility and clean restroom and showers. Beautiful at night watching the stars but WINDY WINDY WINDY during the day. Good location to access dunes and south west park of Colorado. Did I say it was windy here!? It’s windy!

Beautiful view

One of few places to camp close to Great Sand Dunes NP in winter months. Electric sites with semi-covered picnic table and fire pits. I think toliet were closed for the season but didn’t try. Colorado hunting/fishing license required for sites

Beautiful campground, rough road

This is a great campground. Beautiful views, plenty of space and access to some great hiking.

The hike to Zapata Falls was very crowded, even when the campground wasn't full; a lot of people make the drive just for the falls. I would highly recommend the hike to Zapata Lake. It's strenuous but beautiful.

The road to the campground is very rough. Be prepared to go slow, especially if you have a small car. I have a small car and driving this road was one of the most stressful things I've ever done. Take your time. And let people who are going faster than you pass.

We were by ourselves that night

Not far from Great Sand Dunes NP, this state park has some very nice spots and a easy hike to the falls. We were there the last ski day of the year in April and we had the entire campground to ourselves. Maybe that's why I liked it so much. :)

Leave no trace.


We came here thinking it was a converted BLM land on the off season but were corrected by a knock on the door in the morning to inform us that we need a hunting or fishing permit to stay here.

We were misled by other online resources and just wanted to help others out!!

Pros and cons of nature

We didn’t go very far in but the park has some beautiful views, including a lake we could walk to from the campsite. We stayed at the Yucca Campground which was great and the spots were nicely spaced out. It was a little challenging to find a good flat spot to set up our tent and the spot we did find didn’t last long, it got VERY windy that night and we had to move our tent between some trees which helped a little. The bathrooms are hole in the ground outhouses and were quite smelly and loaded with flys but that’s camping for ya!

Busy, windy, but nice.

We didn’t know where we were going to camp for the night, but luckily we were able to plan to stay at this park. The visitor center for the park closes at 4 PM, but there is an after hours phone number that we were able to call for the state parks department. It was annoying that there had to be a reservation for a site, and there weren’t any walkins, but we were able to quickly make a reservation via phone. We went in early October, and whenever we made the reservation they were only two other open spots for the night. The sites were pretty close together, and so it was pretty easy to hear the other campers. It appeared We were the only tent campers at where we stayed at Piñon campground. It was also very windy. Whenever we stayed there, again which is early October, the low for the night was 36°, and the windchill was 28°. There were showers available, but you did have to pay for them.

Beautiful spot inside the San Isabel Forest

We had intended to visit this campground during the summer but husband got Covid.  The owners were very supportive and we were able to camp at the end of September.  We are so glad we made it. This campground is beautiful, with good size spots that are pretty level gravel with some grassy areas.  

Big bonuses: the colors of the aspens were changing and there are plenty right in the campground!  Also the weather was just cool enough to be able to use the propane fire rings that we rented for a nominal fee to keep us nice and toasty while we enjoyed the spectacular night sky.  No city lights meant for a lovely starry evening.  The biggest bonus was the staff.  They were friendly, helpful and made us feel like we were the most welcome campers!   

We love this place!

Sandy desert like

We stayed in the first pull out to the left of the road. Watch the entry off CO 150 as it is very narrow. No hookups but no fee. All was well until the wind came up suddenly and we were in a brief windstorm with sand all in our trailer.

Tent sites have amazing privacy

These sites were pretty large and very private. There was plenty of space in the surrounding trees to explore a little. Each site was very unique in its space and set up, which is really cool.

Clean vault/pit toilets were available with toilet paper provided, but you need your own sanitizer.

The proximity to an amazing trail to the Falls is of course an obvious bonus.

Group camp sites are available (although not during COVID)