Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Pinon Flats Campground is located in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in southern Colorado. The huge dunes are the tallest in North America and comprise about 11 percent of an enormous sand deposit that covers more than 330 square miles.
The dunes have long stood as a landmark for travelers from ancient North Americans to Southern Ute, Jicarilla Apaches, Navajos, early explorers, gold miners, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers and migrant field workers, to you - today's park visitor.
Reservations are required to stay in Pinon Flats campground. The campground offers 86 campsites. The park recommends making a reservation in advance, especially for peak summer weekends and holidays. Private first-come, first-served camping is also available just outside the park boundary. For more information about camping, visit www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/camping.htm.
During visitor center operating hours, you can see a park film, experience interactive exhibits, speak with a helpful ranger and visit the Western National Parks Association store. Kids of all ages can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet or participate in the Junior Ranger Explorer program.
The Piñon Flats Campground campground will be closed from 8/8/2023 to 8/22/2023 for repaving of the entire campground. No reservations will be taken for this time period.
Pinon Flats Campground restrooms are closed until further notice. While the restrooms are undergoing renovations, porta-potties and hand-wash stations will be provided. Outside water faucets are available for use.
You will also hear and see construction crews at work.
You must have a reservation to camp at Piñon Flats Campground. First-come, first-serve camping is not available.
Choose your site carefully. If you arrive in camping equipment that is larger than the site, there may not be another site available.
There is no waiting list for campsites and staff cannot hold available sites at the campground.
Only 8 people per site. There must be at least one adult (18+) staying in each site.
Maximum of 2 vehicles per site.
No showers, hookups or laundry facilities available in the park.
Nothing can be attached to any trees or vegetation, to include hammocks, ropes, etc.
Firewood gathering is prohibited; wood may be purchased at the camp store.
Utilize bear boxes at all times and keep campsite clean. Picnic tables cannot be moved from one site to another.
Fireworks are prohibited.
Group sites are tent-only; no RVs or trailers allowed.
Great Sand Dunes are the magnificent centerpiece of a natural system that includes high mountain peaks, sparkling streams, vast grasslands and lush forests.
The campground is situated among pinon pines and sagebrush beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Most sites have beautiful views of the snow-covered peaks.
A wide variety of grasses and wildflowers can be found throughout the area, and mule deer are commonly seen in and around the campground.
Zapata Falls is just south of the national park off Highway 150. A short but slippery 1/2-mile hike leads to a 25-foot high cascade. Simply driving to the trailhead provides an excellent view of the entire dunefield and San Luis Valley, especially at sunrise or sunset. San Luis State Wildlife Area is located at the western edge of Great Sand Dunes National Park. It features a large natural lake popular for boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing.
Great Sand Dunes' wide range of natural features provides endless outdoor recreational activities. The park is perfect for kids, who love exploring the dunefield on foot or by sled. Medano Creek, at the base of the dunes, is a popular place in the summertime. Kids and adults alike love to splash in the cool water.
Many kid-friendly, ranger-led activities and a junior ranger program are available.
Many miles of hiking and backpacking trails lead through the park's forests and alpine terrain, including the Mosca Pass Trail, Dunes Overlook/Sand Ramp Trail and Indian Grove Trail.
Rules and Reservation Policies
11500 Highway 150 Mosca CO 81146
For campground inquiries, please call: 1-877-444-6777
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From Highway 160, turn north on Highway 150 and follow for 16 miles to the entrance of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Continue 5 miles north on the park's main road to reach the campground entrance.
From Highway 285, turn south onto CO-17 and follow for 36 miles (58 km). Turn east onto Lane 6 and follow for 16 miles (26 km) to Highway 150. Turn north onto Highway 150 and follow for 2.6 miles (4 km) to the entrance of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Continue 5 miles (8 km) north on the park's main road to reach the campground entrance.