Great Sand Dunes offers developed car camping, 4WD backcountry camping and backpacking. Pinyon Flats Campground contains 88 sites with picnic tables and fire grates. There are no hook-ups; restrooms include flush toilets and running water. These sites cost $12.00 per night for a maximum of 6 people and are first-come, first-served. Campsites vary in size and some sites may not accommodate larger RV’s. Three sites for groups of 12 or more may be reserved by calling the Visitor Center at 719-378-6399. Group sites cost $3.00 per person per night.
The amphitheater parking lot near the entrance to the campground contains a dumpster, RV dump station, water hose, and air compressor. The dump station and water hose are closed in winter.
Firewood gathering is not permitted: firewood is sold at the Visitor Center or at the Oasis store (just outside the Park entrance). Please pitch tents within rock walls or on tent pads. Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM; generators may be run from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Backpacking requires a free permit from the rangers at the Visitor Center. You may camp on the dunes or in one of six designated sites along the Sand Ramp Trail. No open fires are permitted in the backcountry, use stoves instead. Group size is limited to six.
Car camping in the backcountry requires a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. You may camp in first-come, first-served sites along the Medano Pass 4WD Road. This requires a minimum 5 mile drive down a soft sand road.
Bears may be anywhere. Store all food in the trunk or out of sight inside a closed vehicle. Trash must be placed in the central dumpster in the amphitheater parking lot. Do not leave garbage or coolers out at your site.
Leashed pets are welcome outdoors in the park and preserve. They must remain leashed and under control at all times. Do not leave your pet in the car unattended. If you take your pet hiking on the dunes, try to limit your time on the dunes to early morning or early evening when the surface of the sand is cooler. Please clean up after your pets!