• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

Picnicking

Picnic Site, Individual

Individual family picnic sites are first-come, first-served; these fill up quickly on summmer weekends, and weekdays when Medano Creek is flowing well.

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.

Picnic sites are day-use only; visit our camping page for overnight camping stays, or lodging page for nearby motel and other accomodations.

Group Picnic Sites

View photos of the park's group picnic sites:

North Ramada Picnic Area View #1
(first-come, first-served group picnic site)

North Ramada Picnic Area View #2
(first-come, first-served group picnic site)

South Ramada Picnic Area View #1
(reservation-only group picnic site)

South Ramada Picnic Area View #2
(reservation-only group picnic site)

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?

Culturally peeled ponderosa pine

Ute, Apache, and other tribes peeled bark from pine trees for food and medicine. Over 100 of these culturally peeled trees are still living in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. More...