Piñon Flats Campground

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

NPS/Patrick Myers

Overview

Piñon Flats is a National Park Service campground located one mile north of the Visitor Center, open April through October. View other area campgrounds.

  • Loop 1: 44 first-come, first-served sites

  • Loop 2: 44 reservable sites. Reserve through recreation.gov up to 6 months in advance, but at least 4 days in advance, for summer season dates May 4 through September 18, 2016. Loop 2 is first-come, first-served April 1 - May 3 and September 19 - October 30, 2016.

  • Loop 3: 3 Group Sites (A, B, and C). Reserve on recreation.gov for summer season dates April through October.

  • Restrooms with sinks, flush toilets, and a sink for dishwashing

  • Fire grate(s) and picnic table(s) at each site

  • 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 can fit RVs up to 35 feet in length

  • No hookups

  • Individual campsites have a maximum capacity of 8 people, 3 tents, and 2 vehicles (including towedvehicles/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 3 tents or 2 vehicles.

  • When Medano Creek is flowing in early summer, expect Loop 2 sites to be booked and Loop 1 sites to be full by late morning every day of the week. On late May and early June weekends during peak flow, expect lines of traffic, overflowing parking lots, and all campgrounds within 30 miles to be full. For a better experience in early summer, plan your visit on weekdays.

  • A 50% discount applies to senior pass and access pass holders.

Map of Campground (.pdf file, 283kb)

Reserve Campsites at Piñon Flats through the National Recreation Reservation
System
or contact them by phone at 1(877) 444-6777.

For reservations or questions about your reservation, please contact the National Reservation 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 reservable site is available when making reservations on recreation.gov .

NPS/Patrick Myers

Loop 1

  • 44 sites, tents or RV up to 35 feet

  • First come, first served April through October

  • $20/night

  • 8 people, 3 tents, 2 vehicles maximum per site (not all sites fit 3 tents or 2 vehicles)

  • Sites may be acquired 24 hours a day at the self-registration kiosk

  • Saving campsites for people coming later is not permitted

  • Check-out time is 1:00 pm

  • No hookups

Loop 2

  • 44 sites, tents or RV up to 35 feet

  • Reserve on recreation.gov up to 6 months in advance for summer season dates (May 4 through September 18). First-come, first-served April 1 - May 3 and September 19 - October 30, 2016.

  • Sites must be reserved at least 4 days in advance

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

  • $20/night

  • 8 people, 3 tents, 2 vehicles maximum per site (not all sites fit 3 tents or 2 vehicles)

  • Check-out time is 1:00 pm

Loop 3

  • 3 group sites, tents only

  • Reserve on recreation.gov up to 1 year in advance for dates in April - October

    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 Loop 2 sites and make a reservation on recreation.gov.

 
Mosca Pass Outpost Store
Mosca Pass Outpost, located in Piñon Flats Campground, is an authorized concessioner in the national park.

Food, Firewood and Supplies

Drinks, snacks, convenience foods, camping supplies and firewood are available in Piñon Flats Campground at the Mosca Pass Outpost, 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.

Mosca Pass Outpost also offers summertime firewood delivery to your campsite by texting 210-852-8980. This service is offered 6:30pm-7:00pm Monday, Thursday and Sunday, and 6:30pm-8:00pm Friday and Saturday.

 
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 in from other regions. 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 Mosca Pass Outpost 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 boxes provided. 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

Tents must be pitched within the rock wall boundaries of each site; please use tent pads where provided. Do not trench or dig in your site.

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146

Phone:

(719) 378-6395
Visitor Center phone number

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