The biggest question you'll have upon visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park is likely deciding what to do first! With so many different activities many choose to stay the night under the stars nearby, or even within the National Park itself. Regardless of what is favored for your visit, we recommend planning ahead and booking a reservation to assure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. The good news? That's why we're here. Read on to see our recommendations for staying the night near (or on top of) the tallest sand dunes in North America.
Views of both the Great Sand Dunes and neighboring Sangre de Cristo are enjoyed at the Great Sand Dunes on-site campground, Piñon Flats. Operated by the National Forest Service through the Visitor's Center, this site offers unbeatable convenience and proximity to the Sand Dunes Park. Individual, group, and select RV sites are available here but be sure to reserve your spot before making the trek to the park. You can do so online here.
Backpacking and camping within the park are free to do provided you have a camping permit and can follow the rules set by the National Forest Service. Obtaining a permit requires your party lead to speak to a Forest Service Ranger, more information can be found here.
Located in the heart of the San Luis Valley, Alamosa has a multitude of accommodations hosting visitors to their perfect experience. Whether your searching for rest and rejuvenation or a backpacking journey on mountaintops, we have just what you need.