6 Parks near Blanca, Colorado
Jul 2016 - $30.00
We stayed here because it was central to friends who summer in the mountains east of Fort Garland and the Great Sand Dunes National Park (GSDNP). Blanca is a very small town with few amenities. However, Fort Garland (around 4 miles to the east) has all the basics including diesel (which wasn't available in Blanca) and at least one good restaurant (All Gone) with a nice salad and soup bar. As others have indicated, this park is located adjacent to a fairly heavily traveled road (Hwy. 160) and not far from a railroad track, but the latter has limited use. The location is high desert with limited shade and a good bit of dust during at least July. I made reservations months in advance but these were apparently lost by a young lady who is no longer employed here. The owner wasn't particularly friendly or apologetic , but he did find me a spot at the entrance to the park with no shade or privacy. Had we not arrived late on a Friday afternoon (nor had nearby friends we planned to visit), we would have looked elsewhere (like Alamosa) for another park. The restrooms weren't particularly clean and the men's wasn't being resupplied with paper products on a regular basis. The best thing about this park was it fast, free WiFi and its proximity to GSDNP. The rate reflects a 7-day stay where the 7th day is free. We would not stay here again. - Camera Buff
Aug 2015 - $16.00
Small, old RV park on the main road, hwy 160. Gas station, convenience store, propane. Lots of empty sites so easy to get a spot. Trees are mature and provide ample shade. It's okay for a couple of nights. Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park. - MargaretL
Aug 2015 - $16.00
This is a no frills campground. I used my Passport America membership and paid $16.00 a night for full hookups. The person that checked me in was polite and friendly. The wifi was fast. The hookups worked great. We used the campground as a homebase to visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge & the UFO Watchtower. - Seize the Day RV Adventures
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Very back row and no shade. Had little interaction with the staff and did not use the pool. The dog park was a small fenced area with no shade and lots of dust.
The WiFi was OK, but had slow periods and they kicked you off if they felt you were using too much. Two days of use with my WiFI booser and router, I had to get a new access code. Data usage was certainly not excessive.
Lots to see and do in the area. - TXiceman1
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Wi-Fi was extremely limited and without connection about half the time. Otherwise good park. - Lookinforeden
May 2016 - $38.00
After reading the previous reviews I almost passed this one by. I'm glad that I didn't because it was just fine and MUCH nicer than the only other choice in town. We got a 50 amp pull-through at the back of the park with a great view of the surrounding snow-covered peaks out our back window. These pull-through sites are huge, easily 100' long. You can position a large trailer in the middle and then park either in front or behind.
Park store is clean and well stocked. Staff was friendly. - Mark & Teri
Oct 2015 - $38.00
This park is better than any park we have stayed at between Pueblo & Pagosa Springs. Wide driveways that are easy to maneuver with new gravel on each road & site. Good wifi, good 50 amps. We chose a pull thru at the back so it was a large quiet site. Lots of rabbits which are fun to watch. A very nice KOA for a day or two. Very nice personnel. Definitely a place we will return when in the area. - Freedom Bus
Jun 2015 - $30.00
Trash not picked up regularly. No gravel, turns into a mud pit when it rains. Our rig sunk in the mud when we pulled in. Owner out of state and current manager doesn't have a clue. The "playground" is an old broken down backyard swing set that is not safe for kids to play on. They said they had good wifi, but it was not. We ended up using our hotspot to check email. No cable. The only shower/ bathroom they offer is in the owners house. The well water is non filtered and smells of sulfur badly. Our inline filter couldn't even help with the smell. We had to use bottled water during our stay. Not a place we will stay at again. - TravelOBRN
Jan 2015 - $30.00
Very basic, just a dirt lot with level sites. Certainly overpriced for what you get, but there's no other game in town during winter. Nice people. Free Internet/WiFi, but it's pretty slow. Location shown here on RVparkReviews' map is correct. The place Google has marked (down the road) is wrong, and if you use Google Maps to navigate you here at night, you'll miss your turn. - Old Mountain Man
Jul 2016 - $34.00
Best part of this park is the location with great views of the Sand Dunes. The entry road for the pull-through sites is very bumpy with washboard gravel, fairly narrow and close to the back of the sites. With my 40' motorhome, it was easier to go around to the front of the site and back in. The area is gravel and sand and with the winds, expect some blowing sand and debris. The trees are still small and don't provide much shade. The office has a gift shop and restaurant. They also rent sand boards and sleds to use at the National Park. All in all, this is a good place to stay if you are visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The only discount is for military: active, retired or a veteran. - Good Vibes
Jun 2016 - $38.00
Nice to have full hookup site so close to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Camp store rents sand boards by the day. Friendly staff. Mosquitoes were bad but were worse at the Great Sand Dunes National Park itself. Great view of the dunes at GSDNP.
Would like to stay longer next time to explore the park. - Zzpfeiff
Mar 2016 - $45.00
Stayed here after visiting the dunes. It was off-season and the water to the sites had not been turned on yet. Price reflects $5.00 off for no water, but charged additional $2.50 for each additional person over 2 occupants. The sites are clean and level. I know it was off-season, but wish the dumpster had been closer to the campground area for easier drop-off. There were only 2 other campers, so we were able to select any site we wanted. Has great views of the dunes from many of the sites. - Fitzjohnfan
Jul 2016 - $24.00
This campground is a total rip-off for the price. That said, there are beautiful views of lake, sand dunes and mountains and it is extremely quiet. No trees at all, great for satellite, but no shade to be had.
The entry road is a mile or more of severe washboard. As the DW said, "The worst RV road I have ever been on!"
We arrived at 4:45 PM. No one at the gate (watch out 13'2" clearance!) went to the site we had reserved two months ago, there was a tent set up with a printed park pass for the same date as our reservation on the post! We found another site.
Only electric and the post is on the right side of the trailer. The few and far between water spigots are also on the right side of one way roads. Had to drag my hoses through the mud to fill (it was raining).
I say terrible value because we often stay at a State Park near Denver for the same price! Close to metro area, full hook-ups, beautifully maintained, concrete pads. Here at San Luis no hook ups other than electric and park is poorly maintained. No staff to be seen anywhere, same cost!
We had paid in advance for five nights, left the next day. Won't be back. Going to argue for a refund! - Dennis M
Jun 2016 - $36.00
Nightly price includes daily "park entrance" fee. The park was in general a place that I would expect for a state park, but the price is on the level of a regular RV campground. There is electric hookups and a dump/water station. There's a nice picnic table with sun shelter at each site as well as a fire ring with grate. The main reason for not higher than a 7 was the surprise daily fee in addition to the camping fee. The park is rather run down despite being maintained by the state. All roads are gravel and dusty. But, the electricity was strong and sites were spacious and well spread out. When the National Park campground is full, this is the best alternative short of a commercial campground. But, maybe that is why they can charge what they do. - WineStream
Oct 2015 - $27.00
We rolled up to the gate on 10/6/15 and a sign was up saying "campground closed for the season." We still saw a couple RV's at the campground so we drove in anyway to check, and it happened to be the very last night of the season before they shut down all the spigots and electric. The park ranger was very friendly and because all the facilities and water was closed down, he gave us a complimentary bag of firewood. Rate is $20 + $7 daily park pass (if you didn't buy the Colorado annual pass for $70). Each site gets a firepit, picnic table with sun/wind shade. He told us that if we come back in the future, Loop A is the best one because you get the best view of the lake and sand dunes. We still saw a great view of all the mountains from Loop C - there are no trees to block your view here, just a vast sea of desert brush. There are some pull-thru's, but a lot of the sites have the electric box on the right side of the unit, so watch where you park so your cord can reach it. It's beautiful scenery and the sunset was grand and spectacular! For those with Verizon, LTE data works well here - got 36% signal of -115dBm. - Sara C.
Jul 2015 - $10.00
I had a nice private campsite surrounded by pinyon pines. It was a typical National Park site with table, firepit, and also contained a bear-proof box for food. I saw several deer in the campground. It was hot in the day but in the 50's at night. Glad I had a warm sleeping bag! It is a self register campground with one loop for reservations and one loop for first come first serve. Be sure to take you license number with you to register. The camp hosts were real nice to come to get mine since I had put ? and was told it is used as proof if someone comes and takes your spot. The first owner can be identified by the license number. I arrived on Sunday about noon and there were several sites still available. There is a very small store mainly for firewood. The sand dunes are beautiful and a nice hike and ranger programs are very informative. I enjoyed one in the visitor center on "Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my". We had a thunderstorm in the evening so I missed the evening hike. This park is very isolated, about 1 1/2 hours from the interstate 25 Walsenburg exit, and quite a distance from any town. It took about 3 1/2 hours south of Denver on I-25. Come prepared with all of your supplies. The night I was there was cloudy but I understand you can see a multitude of stars on a clear night. Hate that I missed it! AT&T has scanty cell service here. Thank goodness I had a satellite phone! Be sure in summer to hike on the dunes in early morning because the sand averages 140 degrees in the hot sun. It is an awesome park and hope to come again and hike more on the dunes. - jbumpus
Sep 2014 - $10.00
The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. Even during September, when all sites are first-come first-served, this campground is very busy on the weekend, so try to arrive during the week to get a good spot. Most sites are small and almost all are unlevel. We had to use a lot of blocks to get level in our relatively short 27ft motorhome. This is not a campground for large rigs. It is a pleasant campground, but the sites are very close together, which means that if you have noisy neighbors you will know about it. A few of the sites have marvelous views of the dunes, and there is a path from the campground to the dunes, which are wonderful. The generator hours are very generous, from 7 am until 8 pm. We were able to get satellite without any problem since the trees are pretty short. We had a good Verizon phone signal but data was spotty. The park and this campground are well worth a visit. - TheJim
Sep 2014 - $10.00
We arrived on the Saturday after Labor Day, but were still able to get a site in the first come first served loop. However, the sites are smallish, and not very level. On the plus side, the view of the dunes was great, and there was a nice trail leading over to the visitor center from the end of the group camping loop. The restrooms had sinks and flush toilets, plus an outdoor sink for dishwashing. Also, there was a campground store that had firewood, ice, and a few necessities. No hookups, but the weather in the fall is pleasant. Our rates reflects the federal senior discount. - midcenturynana