Spring is in the air and a summer full of epic travels is fast approaching. We know that adventure is calling your name and that you are eager to start planning! There are easily 100 reasons to camp in Alamosa, but that would take a long time to get through. We know you are trying to plan your trip as fast as you can, so we narrowed it down for you and selected the top 5 reasons for you to come camp in our little slice of paradise! Coupled with the best places to camp and glamp if traditional camping itsn't your style, there is a place for all campers. Grab your gear and head on over to Alamosa for a camping experience you are not soon to forget.
5 reasons why:
1. It is no secret that Alamosa is home to some of the best hiking trails in Colorado. With more than 20 local trails to choose from, you will have no shortage of choices to choose from, and you can't go wrong with any of them! You can find a link to the San Luis Valley Trail Guide here.
2. Escape the crowds and noise, but rest easy knowing that you are only a 30-45 minute away from Alamosa. Getting away is amazing, but it is also great to be so close to civilization. This gives you the opportunity to be able to run into town and grab more supplies or even take a few hours to explore downtown before you head back to your campsite.
3. It is no secret that the San Luis Valley is unique, and its camping facilities are no exception. Whether you choose to camp at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve or select one of our many campgrounds, each one has its own quirk or special quality.
4. The stars are calling, and we know you will want to listen! Home to a National Dark Skies Park, Alamosa and its surrounding area are exposed to a low light emission, making it ideal to partake in some of the best stargazing around. Kick back in your chair and watch a crystal clear view of shooting stars, the Milky Way, and all of the constellations you could imagine. Escape to another world from the comfort of your campsite.
5. Experience a trip that is on no timeline. Sometimes it feels like time stands still in this little slice of heaven. So while time stands still around you, kick back, relax, and enjoy all the beautiful views.
Campgrounds, Glamp rounds, and RV parks Around Alamosa
Leave no trace is the golden rule when exploring any of Colorado's trails and campgrounds. All for one and one for all, be sure to help us care for Colorado and know before you go! Head on over to Alamosa.org to learn more or follow the link here to find all the travel tools and tips you need to be sure to follow the proper guidelines.
Pinon flats campground at the Great Sand Dunes
Located one mile north of the Great Sand Dunes visitors center, this campground has so much to offer. April through October, find sites that can host up to 8 people on individual sites and up to 40 people on a group site. You will find restrooms with sinks, flushing toilets, a dishwashing station as well as shower facilities in select areas. Find a fire grate and picnic table at each site as well. Campers will pay $20/night at the individual sites and $80/night for the group sites. Surrounded by pinon trees to provide shade, this campground is the perfect place to call home for a few days!
This traditional campground is perfect for the minimalist campers that don't want for amenities and extras. This tent friendly location offeres a small table and fire ring at each site as well as a food storage locker to keep the bears out. There are no restrooms or public water systems on the grounds, so be sure to plan accordingly. For the bargain deal of $11/night for individual sites and $20/night for group sites, this is an extremely affordable option.Offering beautiful views, easy access to Zapata Falls, bird watching, and seclusion, this is a great selection for those truly trying to escape the crowds while still being within cell service range.
Lake Como Road Free Dispersed Campgound
This is a free camping option for all, but most commonly for those hiking in and out of Lake Como. There are no amenities offered at this campground and planning ahead is a must. Be prepared to bring all of the food and water that you will need for your stay and suitable options to protect the food items that are brought. Being that the sites are free to stay on, there is no guarantee that there will be a spot open when you make your assent. Be sure to leave it as you found it so that campers after you are able to enjoy this option as well. Campers will experience the serenity of silence as there is little to no man made noise. The views are beautiful and the opportunity to connect with nature will be plentiful.
Ramble at the Great Sand Dunes
This option is a great cross between traditional camping and glamping. Pitch a tent, park your RV or book one of their adventure tents for the ultimate camping experience. Each site features a shade structure, picnic table, gas stove, horseshoe pit, coffee kettle, solo stove fire pit, pet leash hook, and parking. The adventure tent sites will feature all of the previously listed ammenities as well as a tent pad, windbreak wall, wagon, and shared water access. This community style campground offers access to multiple trails, a 9 hole disk golf course, cornhole, stargazing, short distance trips to the National Park, and more! On top of all of these amazing amenities, you will find a bath house within walking distance from your site that offers hot showers, flushing toilets, sinks, changing tables, wifi access, firewood, and toiletries. Seems too good to be true? Book your stay now and see for yourself all that Ramble has to offer!
Great Sand Dunes Oasis Campground
We know that traditional camping is not for everyone and the Oasis is a great option for those that want to get away without getting too far from all of the things you need day to day. Offering cabins, a motel, groceries, a restaurant, gasoline fill up, RV hook ups, as well as tent camping, they really have it all! You also have the option to rent sand boards and sand sleds for your sand dunes adventure right on site. Find hot showers and pure drinking water, a gift shop, and incredible views all on this catch all location.
This roadside RV park is anything but bland. Bring your camper or RV, pitch a tent, or rent a cabin at this location. Considered a community style camping option, you will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the place to mingle with during your stay! Enjoy the pool, petal karts, basketball, horseshoe pits, s'mores, cornhole games, pancake breakfasts, a laundromat, bike and sandboard rentals, hunt brothers pizza, and a playground all within walking distance from your campsite!
Located nearby downtown Alamosa, this centrally located RV park has all you need to have a great time! Offering full hookups, bathrooms and showers for those that are tent camping, a propane filling facility, putting greens, a fitness center, covered outdoor dining area, pet friendly sites, wifi access, and a laundry room, this is truly an all in one park. Spots fill up fast, so be sure to visit their website to see all that they have to offer!
This glampground is calling your name! Located just 19 miles away from the Great Sand Dunes and under 30 minutes away from downtown, its location is perfect for a close- by escape. Choose from one of their fully furnished tent options or bring your own tent along. Glamping amenities include a community bath house with hot water, flushing toilets, and sinks, bedding and towels, bath products, USB battery packs and lanterns, free hot breakfast daily, S'mores at night, and grill and picnic areas! Camping without the fuss is just a phone call or click away! This site is high in demand, so be sure to pre book your stay.
With gorgeous 360 degree views, this campground is an amazing place to wake up! Offering large pull through sites, full hookups, and wi-fi, this campground is close to town but you'll feel like you're truly out in nature.