SAND DUNES — The Piñon Flats Campground at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will open on Sunday, April 1, and remain open until November 1. Great Sand Dunes is preparing for another busy camping season and wants to make visitors aware of changes to campground reservations that will be implemented this year.
In the past, the 44 sites in Loop 1 were first-come, first-serve, while advanced reservations were required during the peak season for 44 sites in Loop 2 and 3 group sites. This year, all sites require advance reservation during peak season, May 1 – September 20, due to high demand. During the off season, April 1 – May 1 and September 20 - November 1, Loops 1 and 2 are first-come, first-serve.
The park recommends making a reservation in advance, especially for summer weekend and holiday dates by visiting www.recreation.gov or calling 1877-444-6777. Piñon Flats Campground does not hold any campsites for walk up or first-come, first-served camping during peak season, May 1 – September 20, and does not have a wait list or call back system. Camping in the park requires payment of both camping fees, $20/night, and entrance fees, $20/non-commercial vehicle. Check the park website to see a list of entrance fee passes that allow for a reduced camping rate.
The fees collected at the entrance station and through reservations allow the park to maintain clean campground facilities, complete road and trail maintenance, support staffing to collect and process fees, as well as provide clean restrooms throughout the park.
For more information on additional campground regulations, visit www.nps.gov/grsa