Pinon Flats, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mosca, Colorado

We always love the National Park campgrounds. They usually offer great, well-maintained sites and some pretty amazing views of the park. Pinon Flats, the sole front country campground of Great Sand Dunes National Park is no exception. Just a few hours south of Denver, the campground is just past the entrance and Visitor's Center of the campground. The wonder everyone came to see, the dunes, is your view for your stay, as the dunes are visible from almost all campsites. Some sites can be reserved in advance, and I highly recommend you do so. Only a few sites accommodate larger rigs and be sure to read site lengths carefully as your book. Our site was labeled with a length restriction of 35 feet, and that is absolutely the longest rig it could hold. Also, if you have slides on your rig, be sure to reserve a
back in site. Some sites are designated as "pull through" but are more of a "pull off" site and the driveway of the site is merely a shallow pull out on the side of the road. Sites offer a picnic table, paved pads, fire rings, bear boxes and of course, views of the dunes.  The campground is set on a hillside filled with shrubs and  with several loops, A, B and C. Sites in loop A are first come, first served, while B and C can be reserved. A trail from camp, easily accessed from all loops, takes you down to the wide, shallow river that surrounds the dunes on the east. Across this river lies the dunes. To the east of camp, you will find the another part of the park, an alpine mountain system, and to the south you will find a wetland and grassland system. All of these systems coexist in this relatively small space. Be sure to visit the Visitor's Center so you can learn about the park, how it was created and all there is to do here!

Good Sites: 17-18, 20-22, 32, 34, 36, 38-39, 46, 63-64, 66, 67-69, 71, 74
Poor Sites: 29, 30, 52-56, 81-82
Hookups: None
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes