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, restarurant, 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 first-come, first-served, and fills most nights during Medano Creek's flow in May and June.
San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area Campground - 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. No charge for camping, but entrance requires $36 Colorado wildlife annual access pass, or hunting or fishing license. 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 for ranger station in summer.
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.
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
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.
Last updated: February 15, 2020