Park Campground and Medano Pass Road Closed for Winter
The Pinon Flats Campground is closed for the winter season until April 1. The Medano Pass Road remains closed for winter at Castle Creek Picnic area until snow and ice melt out. More »
Main Park Phone Lines Down
The main phone lines to the Visitor Center and primary park numbers are not operational. Individual staff lines are still functional. Please call 719-378-6373 to reach the Visitor Center.
NPS Photo by Patrick Myers
The picnic area at Great Sand Dunes NPP stretches along the edge of the dunes and seasonal Medano Creek. Most sites have some shade from cottonwood and/or conifer trees. Each site has a picnic table and charcoal grill. In summer months, a restroom is available in the middle of the picnic area. A larger restroom is open year round near the picnic area at the Dunes Parking Lot.
Group Picnic Sites
View photos of the park's group picnic sites:
The South Ramada picnic area is reservable by calling the Visitor Center at 719-378-6399. It's suitable for groups of 15 - 65. Restrooms, trash and recycling cans, and drinking water are nearby. Limited parking is nearby; additional parking can be found at the Dunes Parking Lot.
Did You Know?
Great Sand Dunes is home to at least six endemic insect species - found nowhere else on earth. The Great Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle is the best known of these endemics. More...