Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground)

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado



Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Phone: (719) 378-6399

Sites: 88
Recent Rate: $10 7/2015

Latitude: 37.7447165072146
Longitude: -105.506386756897

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

13 Reviews

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jbumpus

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Tips for other Campers:

Beside hiking the sand dunes, which is fantastic, you can also hike the mountains as they are also part of the park. There were some people sand surfing on the dunes. I understand you can rent boards at a private campground at the entrance of the park. The Medano Creek is very wide but was only about 2 inches deep in July and must be crossed before getting to the dunes.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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midcenturynana

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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TheJim

Review Count: 246
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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catsinacan23FB

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has amazing geography and is well worth a visit. But, if you want to camp, try to avoid the peak season of late spring/summer. By chance, our route took us here the first weekend in June. We were lucky to get a spot on a Thursday morning. There are two loops. One is reserved, and the other has 44 walk-in sites. The loop and sites are paved, but not very level. There are some big-rig sites, but most are smaller. There is one restroom for the entire loop with flush toilets and cold water sinks. The sites are very close together. We could see 10 other sites from our dinette window. By Friday, the campground was packed, with people lined up at 8am to try to get a site. There was constant car traffic around the loop, frequently above the speed limit and the wrong way! The camp host did nothing to try to reign this in. This would probably be a totally different scene by September which would be a better time to visit. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Winnebago Diva

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This was an awesome place to see the Great Sand Dunes. This was my first ever experience camping in an RV. The site itself was a 10. Amazing view of the Dunes, nice picnic table and fire pit. The restrooms were clean: there were 3 toilets and 2 sinks for our area. I would have appreciated a shower, but I knew they didn't have one going in. There are no hook-ups, but the parks I passed along the way to the Great Sand Dunes that had hook ups didn't look as scenic so this was worth it. There were very few RVs in the park--it was mostly tent camping. Great family atmosphere. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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swike

Review Count: 115
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice National Park campground. It is treed, the sites are fairly private, the bathrooms are clean, a fire pit and a table are at each site. We have a 35' motorhome and there are only a few sites which will accommodate this size. Leveling is a bit of a problem. There are trails right from the campground to the dunes and to the Visitor Center though both are about 1 1/2 miles one way. We really liked this park and will definitely stop again. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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traveling nana

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites were beautiful and very clean. Our site was shaded, but the trees on the street had a lot of dead limbs and overhanging limbs that made it difficult to park our 30 foot RV. We had to parallel park in a rather small space and were barely off the main road with our slides out. The park is more geared to tents and small units. The bathrooms were clean but there were no showers. We had a buck come and visit us in our site. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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bugsy

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

What's not to like when your view is of the tallest sand dunes in North America. Sites in loop 2 are bigger than loop 1, but still small. Many require your across the road site holder to be absent to be able to back in. That said, if you can fit in here, don't miss this. Since 2009, about half the sites are reservable. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Piscesman

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the best place to stay in the area; the rate reflects 50% discount for Seniors Pass. Our motorhome is 32' long and we had no problems navigating Loop 1. There are only 2-3 sites large enough to accommodate larger rigs. Yes, longer trailers would be difficult to park. But the view and the seclusion were magnificent. And I might add that I didn't think the sand dunes would be interesting, but I was wrong! Definitely worth a stop. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Robillard

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Not big rig friendly! Only a handful of sites can handle anything larger than 25'. There are several sites big enough to park a trailer and tow rig side by side but they are angled the wrong way and can't be backed into on the narrow one-way loop. They definitely didn't have big trailers in mind when they designed this place. The Oasis RV park is a few miles back up the road and looks like a good alternative if you can't find anything here. The campground itself is lovely. Heavily treed, good privacy and awesome views of the sand dunes. Picnic tables, fire rings and bear boxes at each site. No hookups but that's not surprising at a national park. Water and dump station are on site and generators are allowed. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Roaming Rob

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a difficult campground to rate. There are no hook-ups and very few sites that can accommodate an RV. But this is Colorado, so that means gorgeous mountains and the sand dunes are magnificent. A place not to miss. It's worth the discomfort for a couple of days to see them. The campground is really made for tents, though. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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hershey

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice place to stay. Much more desirable for tents and small RVs. We are only 36 ft and it appears that there is only about 4 sites that will accommodate a rig this size. We really enjoyed our stay here and recommend it to anyone. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Comdac

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground in two loops but definitely not designed with big RVs in mind. Out of 88 sites, I could fit in only 4 or 5 with my 33' fifthwheel and tow vehicle. Fortunately, one of those sites was vacant when I arrived. Most sites are suitable for tents, popups, and small (24 feet) RVs. No reservations accepted. No hookups, which is not unusual for national park campgrounds. Water faucet near the restrooms and dump station at campground entrance. Generator hours are 7 AM to 6 PM. We camped at Pinyon Flats (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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