Piñon Flats Campground

Pinon Flats Campground 2015
Many campsites have a view of the dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Piñon Flats is a National Park Service campground located one mile north of the Visitor Center. It is open April through October each year. (Also view Area Campgrounds, Medano Pass Primitive Road 4WD Camping, or Backpacking Options.)

Reservations

For the 2018 summer season (May 1 - September 20), ALL campsites at Piñon Flats are available to reserve through the Recreation One-Stop system online or contact them by phone at 1(877) 444-6777. Any sites not reserved become available as first-come, first-served. If you have not reserved a site at least four days in advance, speak with a campground host in either loop to see if any sites are available for first-come, first-served. Great Sand Dunes staff cannot make reservations, and cannot hold sites that are not reserved.

See press release about the 2018 change in the reservation system.

Loops 1 and 2: 88 individual sites, $20 per night. Reserve through recreation.gov up to 6 months in advance, but at least 4 days in advance, for summer season dates May 1 through September 20, 2017. Individual sites are first-come, first-served April 1 - 30 and September 21 - October 31, 2018. Reservations can also be made by phone at 1(877) 444-6777.

Loop 3: Group Tent Sites for groups of 15 or larger, $65-$80 per night. Reserve through recreation.gov up to 1 year in advance, but at least 4 days in advance, for dates from April 1 through October 31, 2018. Reservations can also be made by phone at 1(877) 444-6777.

Description and Amenities

Restrooms with sinks, flush toilets, dishwashing sink, and water spigots are available in all three loops. There is a fire grate and picnic table at each individual site, with multiple grates and tables at group sites. Some sites have large cottonwood or conifer trees for shade, while others are more out in the open with smaller piñon trees. A few sites have driveways that can fit RVs up to 35 feet in length, but there are no hookups; view area campgrounds for nearby options with hookups.

Individual campsites have a maximum capacity of 8 people, 2 tents, and 2 vehicles (including towed vehicles/trailers). All tents must fit on the tent pad, and all vehicles must fit in the site's driveway. Please be aware that each site is unique and may not accommodate 2 tents of any size or 2 vehicles. A few sites may fit up to three small tents.

When Medano Creek is flowing well in late May and early June, expect all campsites to be reserved. On late May and early June weekends during peak flow, expect long lines of traffic, overflowing parking lots, and most campgrounds within 20 miles to be full. For a better experience in early summer, plan your visit on weekdays.

Map of Campground (.pdf file, 1MB)

For reservations or questions about your reservation, please contact the Recreation One-Stop system. For specific questions about the campground, please call the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center at 719-378-6395, or send an email.

 
Tent Camping in the Open and in Shade
Some campsites have a few small trees and open views; most have medium sized pinon trees with some shade; and sites 53 and 54 have tall shade trees. A photo of each site is available when making reservations on recreation.gov.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Loops 1 and 2 in Detail

  • 88 sites, tents or RVs up to 35 feet

  • Reserve on recreation.gov up to 6 months in advance for summer dates May 1 - September 20

  • Sites must be reserved at least 4 days in advance

  • Any sites not reserved become available as first-come, first-served

  • First-come, first-served April 1-30 and September 21 - October 31.

  • $20/night

  • 8 people, 2 tents, 2 vehicles maximum per site (not all sites fit 2 tents or 2 vehicles)

  • Check-out time is 1:00 pm

  • No hookups

Loop 3 in Detail

  • 3 group sites, tents only

  • Reserve on recreation.gov up to 1 year in advance

    Click on each group site for a photo:

  • Group Site A (20-40 people, $80 per night)
    Group Site B (20-40 people, $80 per night)
    Group Site C (15-30 people, $65 per night)

  • Must be reserved at least four days in advance.

  • Sites A and B fit 10 vehicles each; Site C fits 7 vehicles.

  • RVs, pop-ups, and trailers do not fit and are not permitted in the group tent camping sites.

  • Check-out time is 1:00 pm

 
Campsite at Sunset
Sites on Loop 1 generally have less trees but more open views of the dunes and mountains.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Other area campgrounds are usually available, except on weekends during Medano Creek's peak flow, and summer holiday weekends.

RVs and Trailers

Some sites in Loop 1 and Loop 2 can accommodate RVs or camping trailers up to 35 feet in length. However, there are no electrical, sewer, or water hookups. A dump station and water hoses are available in warmer months near the campground. Drivers with RVs longer than 35 feet will find it difficult to turn corners or clear tree branches, and should consider other area campgrounds. RVs, trailers, and pop-ups will not fit and are not permitted in the group tent camping sites. Link to find driveway lengths for Loops 1 and 2 sites and make a reservation on recreation.gov.

 
Mosca Pass Outpost Store
The Mosca Pass Outpost Store is a licensed concession in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, located in the middle of Piñon Flats Campground.

Food, Firewood and Supplies

Drinks, snacks, convenience foods, camping supplies and firewood are available in Piñon Flats Campground at the Mosca Pass Outpost Store located between Loop 1 and 2; and at the Oasis Store, located just outside the park entrance. Regional grocery stores have a full selection of groceries and fresh foods. Local restaurants are also available.

 
Campground Deer
Deer and other animals often visit the campground. Please keep wildlife wild!

NPS/Scott Hansen

Firewood Guidelines

Wildlife depends on dead and down wood for their survival in this high elevation desert. Insects and rodents feed on the wood, and birds and larger animals feed on them. Do not collect firewood in Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Please do not bring firewood from outside the San Luis Valley. Help protect our public lands by buying local firewood in or near your destination campground. Firewood can spread insect pests and diseases that kill native trees. See more information on forest damage caused by firewood transport (.pdf file, 510 kb).

Regionally harvested firewood is available at the Camp Store in Piñon Flats Campground during the busy warmer months; and at the Oasis Store just outside the main park entrance. Collecting firewood is illegal in the national park.

Pets

Pets are welcome in the campground. Please keep them leashed and under control at all times, and clean up after them.

Bears

Black bears are potential visitors in the campground area. Safeguard yourselves and the bears by storing all food and aromatic items in the bearproof lockers provided at each site. Try to minimize food odors in your site and vehicle. Do not leave food, coolers, or trash in unattended sites.

Other Wildlife

Please do not feed wildlife. All animals within the park, including birds, are protected by law. Feeding wildlife is dangerous for you and unhealthy for them.

Protecting Your Campground and Other Campers

All camping equipment must fit within established tent pad and campsite to minimize ground disturbance and impacts to vegetation and wildlife habitat.

Vehicles must be parked on pavement with a limit of two per site. Please contact the campground hosts for alternate parking if you have more than two vehicles.

Trash should be taken to the dumpster located near the amphitheater. To protect yourself, your property, and the park's bears, do not leave it in your site. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am., and generator hours are 7 am to 8 pm. Please be courteous.

Last updated: September 21, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146

Phone:

(719) 378-6395

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