Area Campgrounds

A road passes through the San Luis Wildlife Area's picnic tables.
The Mosca Campground is located in the low dunes west of San Luis Lake inside San Luis State Wildlife Area.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Campgrounds within 40 miles of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center

Oasis Campground - located just outside the national park entrance. 90 sites total: RV sites with full hookups, tent sites, and camping cabins. Showers, laundry, restaurant, and store on site. Open April through October. Follow the link or call 719-378-2222.

Zapata Falls Campground - primitive campground on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, located 11 miles south of the park Visitor Center, at 9000 feet in elevation. Spectacular views of the entire dunefield and valley. No water; pit toilets; fire rings at each site. $11 per night. Open year round; bumpy dirt access road is not snowplowed in winter, but many vehicles drive on it, packing down the snow. No phone at campground; BLM office number is 719-852-7074. Zapata Falls Campground is now available by reservation on

San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area- 15 miles west of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. First-come, first-served. No potable water; bring in all your own water. Electric hookups available. Requires a $43 Colorado wildlife annual access pass, or hunting or fishing license- cannot be purchased on-site. Must be purchased in advance. No trees in campground. Lake is absent in dry years. Wetland area north of the large lake is closed to the public for nesting season February 15-July 15. Call 719-378-2020 in summer.

Rustic Rook Resort - 19 miles west of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Rustic Rook offers 'Glamping' in fully furnished large tents on wooden decks as well as BYO Tent sites, Camping Cabins and Grain Bin Glampers (up-cycled farm bins made into studio apartments). Amenities include: Wifi, dog park, onsite dining, disk golf, volleyball, sand sled rentals and more. Season varies depending on the type of lodging - (719) 270-1356‬.

Lake Como Road Free Dispersed Camping - 20 miles south of the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. The lower section of the road is managed by Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and is accessible to RVs and passenger vehicles. The upper part of the road is on the Rio Grande National Forest, and is accessible only by very high-clearance 4WD vehicles.

Ramble at Great Sand Dunes - privately-owned camping facility for tents or RVs located 25 miles southwest of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Solar-powered, Leave No Trace camping area with sustainable practices. Private bathrooms, private open-air hot water shower stalls, dog rinse area, general store, bike rentals, 3-mile biking trail, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, access to BLM trails. Opens May 2023. 720-504-4495

Sand Dunes Swimming Pool and Campground - privately owned facility located 32 miles west of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, 2 miles north of Hooper, CO. RV sites with hookups, tent sites, cabins, geothermal swimming pool, organic produce, salads and hot food items. Open year round, 719-378-2807.

Base Camp Family Campground and RV Park - 27 miles southwest of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, 8 miles east of Alamosa. RV sites with full hookups, large tent sites, laundry, wifi. 719-589-2938.

KOA Alamosa Campground - 31 miles southwest of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, 4 miles east of Alamosa. RVs, hookups, tents, cabins. Open warmer months only. Reserve: 1-800-562-9157 Info: 719-589-9757.

Economy Campground - 31 miles southwest of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, 3 miles east of Alamosa. Full hook-ups, dump station, open year round, showers, go cart course, pets welcome. 719-589-5574

Cool Sunshine RV Park, located 35 miles southwest of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center in Alamosa. Full hookups; walking distance to downtown shops and cuisine, putting green, new bathrooms and showers, indoor and outdoor gathering area, and near city parks and walking trails. 719-992-9105.

Blanca RV Park, located 27 miles southeast of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center in town of Blanca. 719-379-3201.

UFO Watchtower and Campground - located 32 miles west of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center, north of Hooper on Hwy. 17. Primitive campground on the desert valley floor, adjacent to a watchtower and store promoting alien encounters. Open year round. (719) 378-2296 or (805) 886-6959.

The High Desert Ranch - Located between Crestone and Moffat, 52 miles northwest of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Several primitive campsites and electric sites. Livestock accommodations and pet friendly. Open May-November. 303-949-9282.

Short-Term Camping on Private Land


Last updated: April 9, 2024

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Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146


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