Piñon Flats is a National Park Service campground located one mile north of the Visitor Center. It is open April 1 through October 30 each year. However, as of March 24, 2020, the park will delay the opening of the Pinon Flats Campground from April 1 to May 1, 2020. The opening date may be delayed further based on future conditions.
Individual Campsites (up to 8 people)
Group Campsites (25-100 people)
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 moderate 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.
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.
Is there shade?
Some campsites have a few small trees and open views; most have medium sized pinon trees with some shade. A photo of each site is available when making reservations on recreation.gov.
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.
Food, Firewood and Supplies
Drinks, snacks, convenience foods, camping supplies and firewood may be available at a Campground Store located between Loop 1 and 2. These supplies are also available 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.
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 (poster, 1MB).
Regionally harvested firewood may be available at the Campground 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 are welcome in the campground. Please keep them leashed and under control at all times, and clean up after them.
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.
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.
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: March 25, 2020