8 Parks near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Sep 2016 - $10.00
great location to explore the dunes. Restrooms very clean. We arrived on Sunday around 1p, not many sites available. Unfortunately, many of the pull thru sites are just a pull off of the side of the road thru the CG, some very narrow. Medano creek was dry. Be sure to do some hiking in the forested areas surrounding the dunes. very nice views. - katinfoco
Sep 2016 - $10.00
This NPS campground has two loops and each has an assortment of spacious sites suitable for an RV. Motorhomes or trailers over 32 feet have fewer potential sites to select. The key to a good site is to arrive early. We stayed here for five nights. At 4 o'clock each afternoon the swarm arrives and most sites are taken by sunset. Weekends fill up by noon. The only available water is located at the restrooms. Nearly all sites are shaded by pinyon pines and the loop roads are paved. We stayed here in a Motorhome and will likely return some day. - James Barr
Aug 2016 - $10.00
The best place to camp while visiting the Great Sand Dunes! However, the campground is your average NPS Campground with dry camping and poor camp site maintenance. Arrived at the end of a heavy thunderstorm and there was mud flowing everywhere. The campsite fire pit had trash in it; broken glass, metal lids etc. The picnic table was in the trailer parking area which I didn't feel like moving in the rain. That made parking a bit trickier than it may have been. The site was unlevel in all axes, especially front to back. Fresh water is available at the dump station unless you need to connect a hose to your rig then you need to fill up by one of the restrooms, if they are working. Reservations (loop 2) are recommended during June, July and August since the campground fills up every night. - jnateg
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
Oct 2016 - $36.00
This is a simple park, typical of older KOAs. All roads and sites are gravel, but it is clean, sites are level, and most are pull-throughs. The laundry room is very clean and has a small book exchange. As others have noted, there are sites of various lengths, cabins, and nice areas for tents. The pool was closed when we arrived; the park closes for the season on Oct. 15. Alamosa is 3.5 miles away and Great Sand Dunes National Park was an easy 45-minute drive. - DiplomatTraveler
Sep 2016 - $32.00
Enjoyed our stay here at the koa very much. Great location for all the local attractions, sand dunes, alamosa, gator park, etc. All the sites are level, most if not all are pull through, clean everywhere. Folks are nice and welcoming, everything worked including the wifi. Lots of shaded spots, cabins to rent and a nice area for tents. Dog play area and a small playground. - SeeinUSA
Sep 2016 - $31.00
I wanted power, water and Wi-Fi for the night because I'm dry camping for the next four nights. Wi-fi seems OK in the middle of the afternoon with a strong 5-bar signal and no latency because the network is overloaded. We'll see how it is later as travelers come in - it was OK, but the park was not crowded.
I'm a bit surprised the park is so far east of Alamosa - there is no shopping nearby. Groceries, restaurants, and other supplies are a moderate drive to the west.
Very friendly host couple, but it's your standard gravel parking lot KOA. What more needs to be said? - Retired-n-Roamin
Oct 2016 - $31.00
We stayed here a couple of times during the month of September including the final night of the 2016 season. We really liked this Colorado State Park due to spacious sites, which have tremendous views of the dunes and the massive mountain range. The showers are coin operated and the overnight price is steep when the day pass is figured into the cost. Yet, these drawbacks appear to be the norm for Colorado State Parks. The campground loop roads are paved and narrow. The entrance road to the park is gravel. The electric hook-up is on the wrong side, but this can be corrected by going the "wrong way" on the loop road. The campground is isolated and beneath a dark sky zone. At least during September the majority of the sites are unoccupied. The San Luis Valley gets really cold at night. Colorado ought to be embarrassed charging campers for a shower after collecting $31 for the night. We may return on future visit to GSDNP. - James Barr
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
Sep 2016 - $27.00
We got last site large enough for our rig. Had to diconnrct trailer but good parking for it. Managers were very nice, helpful and accomidating. - D'art campizard
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
Apr 2012 - $22.00
This is about the only game in town. This RV park is a flat piece of gravel adjacent to a restaurant, a Best Western Motel and a drive in theater(!). It was clean, level, fairly quiet, treeless, plant less and featureless. It will be dusty on very windy days, a likely occurrence. Good antenna reception and our Verizon phone and broadband worked OK. - rncordy
Oct 2016 - $31.00
Very nice hot springs and pool, an oasis in the high desert. Sites very long but not very wide. Big firepits, some fairly close to your neighbors camper,vehicle. Odd setup; if all sites are occupied, you have to go in the exit to get to the front of your site. Half the sites share same water hookup as neighbor so you run your hose under your rig. Big wide open, beautiful views. Wifi sporadically ok. All pull thrus. - jeeper13
Sep 2016 - $31.00
The pool is the main attraction and the RV sites are a sideshow. Both were a disappointment for us. If you come here for the pool expect to be joined by the local population from morning to closing time. The pool water is hot, 98 F or higher, which made any prolong stay in the water somewhat dangerous and uncomfortable. Loud music is played over multiple speakers, which can be heard at the RV sites. Sounds of people screaming, yelling, and splashing can be heard at the RV sites till closing time. The most disturbing aspect of the RV sites are the overhead stadium bright lights. One was directly over our Motorhome. The sites are tight, dirt base, and dusty. It rained during the night and what a mess. The Wi-Fi is terrible. VZ 4G does not work well here. There are a total of two toilets and two shower stalls. The RV crowd, tent campers, cabin and lodge users all compete for those two toilets. Safety and security here was a concern for us. Rift raft pool users wander around the RV sites. Perhaps that is the reason for those bright lights at night. We had planned to stay two nights, but rejected any thought of another night. We stayed here in a Motorhome and we will never be back. - James Barr
Sep 2015 - $31.00
This RV park has 10 sites and is very basic. All sites have W/E. There is now a dump station on site.
All roads and sites are on packed dirt. The sites are very long and can accommodate large rigs. The electrical box was on the appropriate site but the water spigot was shared between two sites. The electrical voltage was on the low side - hovering around 116. The sites were fairly leveled. It was extremely quiet at night.
There are (2) washers @ $2 and (2) dryers @ $2 for 45 minutes. The bathroom was very clean and the showers were coin operated.
Wi-Fi was available but we did not use it. Verizon Air card and phone reception was good.
You get a 50% discount to use the pools. There is now an "adult" only section to the pool called the greenhouse. Featuring 3 small soaking tubs with varying temperatures, a 10 foot by 75 foot zero entry pool, and a sauna. Here is also a small restaurant in the pool area that is reasonably priced.
We would come back to this park if we were in the area. We have a 32 foot 5th wheel. - adsaxs
Oct 2016 - $38.00
Great view of the sand dunes and close to park. My 40' MH would not have fit in the National Park rv sites. The road to the sites was not just gravel but rocky and rough. We could not pull into our site so unhooked toad and backed in to our pull through site. The FHUs were fine but no wifi. We did not look at their restrooms,showers or laundry because we have our own. The empty site next to ours was littered with big mounds of dog poop. All RV owners should be responsible enough to pick up after their dogs or they should not come to RV parks. RV Park owners should clean up after RVs leave a site. - JAWS
Aug 2016 - $38.00
This is a pretty basic campground with RV parked in one long row. The night before we arrived there was a huge rainstorm which caused a washout of the hill above some of the RV spots. To their credit, they wasted no time in getting heavy equipment in to clean and repair. The spot we were in was on the end so we had an unimpeded view of the dunes. It was beautiful. The road to the RV spots is dirt and is pretty rough. - lorangl
Aug 2016 - $40.00
We stopped there for one night. It is the campground with full hookups closest to Great Sand Dunes National Park. All site are narrow pull-thrus. From the campground there is a beautiful view of the dunes and the surrounding mountains. Site 1 has an unobstructed view. Good place to stop for one night to visit the park. - Nathalie Bergeron