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Exploring the towering dunes, lush wetlands, aspen forests, and sunbaked alpine tundra of Great Sand Dunes National Park, you'll feel like you've been transported to another planet. The park enjoys a dramatic high elevation setting and is surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Southern Rockies and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The landscape is surreal and forever changing, with wind erosion continually sculpting and reshaping the dunes.

While the park occupies a huge 150,000 acres, around 85% is undeveloped. Most visitors stick to the built-up area near Medano Creek, though if you're feeling adventurous, you can venture into the wilderness zones. Planning a trip to the Centennial State? Book an RV Alamosa County and you're perfectly placed for visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park. Sections of the park also span into Saguache County, a gateway to the San Luis Valley. At four hours from the state capital via the Interstate 25, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is also popular with city slickers looking to camp in an RV near Denver.

Getting Outdoors

Great Sand Dunes National Park gets you up close with the tallest, most dramatic sand dunes in North America. Star Dune is the park's showpiece at 750 feet high. The round trip hike should take around five hours and rewards you with incredible views over the sandy expanse. The two-hour return hike to High Dune starts from a parking area near the visitors' center and unlocks sweeping views over the dune field.

Sandboarding and sledding down the dunes promise guaranteed thrills for kids and adults alike. Bring your own gear or rent boards and sleds from a nearby outfitter. Whether you're using a smartphone or a high-tech DSLR, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a photographer's dream. Sunset is the most magical time to snap photographs, when light bounces of the dunes and creates a golden glow and dramatic shifting shadows.

Every year from April to July, outdoor lovers flock to splash in the crystalline waters of Medano Creek. The seasonal waterway makes an appearance when snowmelt from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains cascades down to the dunes. The flow forms ripples in the sand which create miniature waves that are perfect for wakeboarding and tubing. Enjoy a picnic on the sandy shoreline, cool off in the creek, or enjoy a relaxing float. If you have a 4WD, the challenging road to Medano Pass boasts some of the best scenery in the park. You'll traverse Medano Creek several times, cruise through rocky canyons, and have a chance to spot bighorn sheep.

In 2019, Great Sand Dunes National Park earned its crown as an International Dark Sky Park. The high elevation, dry desert climate, and light pollution protection from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains make the park one of the best stargazing destinations in Colorado, with mesmerizing views of the Milky Way and distant galaxies. On summer weekends, you can join fascinating astronomy programs. There's also the Junior Ranger Night Explorer program for the kids. After dark, a surreal stroll around the dunes is one of the best ways to soak it all in.

Camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Open from April to October, the Piñon Flats Campground offers a unique chance to sleep in an International Dark Sky Park. The National Park Service campground offers 88 sites suitable for both rental RVs and tents. Sites in Loop 1 compromise on shade but boast the best views of the dunes and mountains. Stay in Loop 2 or Loop 3 and you'll enjoy sun-dappled sites dotted with pinyon pines and desert shrubs. All sites feature picnic tables and fire pits for enjoying your meals outdoors. Larger sites in Loop 1 and Loop 2 can accommodate RVs of up to 35 feet long.

There are no hookups here, which makes Great Sand Dunes a great option if you're looking for an off-the-grid motorhome camping experience. That said, you'll enjoy creature comforts like restrooms with flush toilets when RV camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Water spigots are available in all loops, and in the busy summer months, you'll have access to a dump station.

Exploring the Area

Hidden gems like Zapata Falls offer welcome relief from Colorado's sunbaked desert landscape. It's fed by snowmelt from the San Juan Mountains and sees water cascade 25 feet down a rocky crevasse. For a change of scene, spend the day exploring the San Luis State Wildlife Area. It's set on low-lying dunes interspersed with wildlife-rich wetlands. A 30-minute drive from the park, Colorado Gators Reptile Park gets you face to face with enormous crocodilians, some more than 11 feet long and weighing over 500 pounds.

A 40-minute drive south, Alamosa is a gateway to Great Sand Dunes and is a convenient place to stock up on gas, groceries, and other RV camping supplies. While you're there, stop by the San Luis Valley Museum to learn about the local history of the area, or step aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for an unforgettable journey through the Southern Rockies. Halfway to Denver, Colorado Springs is also a great place to rent an RV near Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

RV Rentals in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Outdoorsy's Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
High Dune Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Sand Dunes Loop Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Pinion Flats Campground Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Little Medano Creek Trail to Medano Lake Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Dunes Overlook Sand Ramp Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Pinyon Flats to Medano Pass Center, CO
Dunes Trail from Pinyon Flats Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Montville Nature Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Mosca Pass Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Wellington Ditch Trail Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Great Sand Dunes Oasis Campground Alamosa County, CO
Alamosa KOA Alamosa County, CO
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Sugarbush Campground Fremont County, CO
Royal Gorge / Canon City KOA Fremont County, CO
Royal View Campground Fremont County, CO
Harbor Vista Campground Lane County, OR
Pueblo South / Colorado City KOA Pueblo County, CO
Salida / Mt. Shavano KOA Chaffee County, CO
Lathrop Campground Huerfano County, CO

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Jul 3, 2018