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/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 (no wood fires). In summer months, a restroom is available in the middle of the picnic area. Restrooms are available year round near the picnic area at the adjacent 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

There are two picnic sites for larger groups: North Ramada (first-come, first-served), and South Ramada (by reservation only). View photos of the group picnic sites:

North Ramada Picnic Area View #1

North Ramada Picnic Area View #2

South Ramada Picnic Area View #1

South Ramada Picnic Area View #2

South Ramada Picnic Area (by reservation)

  • Visitors can reserve the picnic area over the phone at 719-378-6395, or in person at the visitor center.
  • Reservations are accepted as long as there is availability.
  • Each reservation must have a start and end time.
  • Reservations can be made for morning, afternoon, and/or evening hours. However, different restrictions may apply depending on your reservation time.
  • Reservations are for groups of 15-70 people. Reservations for more than 70 may be approved on a case by case basis. Talk to a park ranger for more information.
  • Restrooms, trash and recycling cans, and drinking water are nearby.
  • Limited parking is nearby; additional parking can be found at the Dunes Parking Lot.

Last updated: April 8, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146

Phone:

(719) 378-6395
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center main number

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