Home to the Rocky Mountains, the Garden of the Gods, and seemingly endless lakes and rivers, Colorado is one of the best places in the country for an RV camping trip. No matter what the time of year, you can explore hiking trails that wind through forests and up mountains, drive along the scenic roads to admire the incredible views, or simply relax at your campsite with your loved ones. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly RV park with a swimming pool or a simpler campground where you can get back to nature, here are the best RV parks in the state. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Aspen Ridge RV Park & Camper Rentals, South Fork, CO
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Known for its friendly, community-oriented environment, Aspen Ridge RV Park & Camper Rentals is a welcoming campground that regularly hosts potlucks, bean bag tournaments, and evening hot dog roasts. All sites are equipped with full hook-ups, and some also have patios and picnic tables. If you don't want to bring your own camper, you can rent one of the park's comfortable RVs, which can accommodate either two or seven people. The park is also conveniently located on the Silver Spur ATV Trail, and guests are welcome to ride their off-road vehicles right from the park to the surrounding trails.
700 Colorado, CO-149, South Fork, CO 81154, Phone: 719-873-2248
2.Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park
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Set on the bank of a beautiful creek, Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park is the perfect place to get back to nature. Some of the spacious sites are right by the creek while others are tucked under the cottonwood trees, but all campers will have access to the creek to fish and cool off their feet. Facilities include a children's playground, a restroom with hot showers and laundry machines, and a small store selling camping necessities, and campers are welcome to join in the Candy Bar Bingo games held on Saturday evenings. Year-round RV storage is available as well.
11430 Co Rd 197, Nathrop, CO 81236, Phone: 719-395-8301
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3.Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort
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Offering RV sites, tent sites, and comfortable cabins and teepees, the Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort is located on a 30-acre property just outside the Rocky Mountain National Park. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available all throughout the park, and other amenities include restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Live entertainment takes place in the lodge almost every weekend, and there are plenty of other fun activities for campers to enjoy as well, including horseshoes, mini golf, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. If you'd like to visit the nearby town of Estes Park, a free shuttle stops right at the campground.
1665 CO-66, Estes Park, CO 80517, Phone: 970-586-5342
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4.Goldfield RV Park
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Family owned and operated for more than 50 years, Goldfield RV Park is a year-round RV campground conveniently located between Manitou Springs and Colorado City. There's a wide selection of different site types to choose from, including economy sites and premium pull-through sites, and all rates include Wi-Fi and TV service. Discounts are offered for weekly and monthly stays. The restrooms and laundry room are open 24/7, and there's a dump station that can be used for a fee. Pets are welcome, but if you plan on bringing more than one, you're asked to notify the staff in advance.
411 S 26th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, Phone: 888-471-0495
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5.Grape Creek RV Park
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Sitting at the base of the Sangre De Cristo mountains, the Grape Creek RV Park is a peaceful, family-friendly campground that boasts some truly incredible views of the surrounding mountains. The RV sites are equipped with full hook-ups, and all are pull-through sites with plenty of space for your own lawn furniture and tables. The clubhouse is open between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day, and guests are welcome to enjoy catch-and-release fishing in Grape Creek. Other amenities include restrooms and laundry facilities, and tent sites and rental cabins are available for non-RV campers.
56491 CO-69, Westcliffe, CO 81252, Phone: 719-783-2588
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6.Westerly RV Park
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Surrounded by the beautiful red cliffs of the Animas River Valley, the Westerly RV Park is a small, privately-owned campground ideal for anyone who wants a peaceful retreat. There are only 25 sites, all of which have full hook-ups. There are no restrooms or showers, but laundry facilities are available, and there's a horseshoe pit for guests to use. Guests can also pay a visit to the neighboring Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs, which features two hot springs pools, a sauna, and an Olympic-size outdoor pool. The park is open year-round, and discounts are offered during the off-season and for longer stays.
6440 Co Rd 203, Durango, CO 81301, Phone: 970-247-1275
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7.Circle the Wagons RV Park
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Conveniently located within walking distance of La Veta, Circle the Wagons RV Park is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the natural beauty of Southern Colorado. There are a variety of different sites to choose from, including some right by the river, and there are two stationary campers that can be rented if you don't have your own RV. Kids and adults alike are welcome to play the cornhole game or use the giant Scrabble board, and group bonfires are held when the weather permits. There's also a well-kept dog park where your furry friends can run free.
126 W 2nd St, La Veta, CO 81055, Phone: 719-742-3233
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8.Elk Creek Campground & RV Park
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Featuring modern bathrooms, a children's playground, and a cozy rec room with Wi-Fi and a big screen TV, Elk Creek Campground & RV Park is a picturesque campground often visited by moose and other wild animals. Some of the sites have full hook-ups whereas others only have water and electricity, but if you end up in one of the sites without a sewage hook-up, there's a honeywagon service available for a small fee. Pets are welcome, but guests should be aware that dogs are not permitted on the hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.
143 Co Rd 48, Grand Lake, CO 80447, Phone: 970-627-8502
9.Foot of the Rockies RV Resort & Storage
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Named for its spectacular location in the mountains, the Foot of the Rockies RV Resort & Storage can be found not far from downtown Colorado Springs. The oversized lots are all equipped with water, electric, and sewer, and the campground also has complimentary Wi-Fi and an excellent satellite TV signal that all guests are welcome to use. A laundry room is conveniently located on-site, and there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and other amenities in the nearby town. Rates vary according to the season, and discounts are available for stays of a week or longer.
53 Resort Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80905, Phone: 719-447-0670
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10.Greeley RV Park
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If you want to stay right in Greeley but don't want to get a hotel, the Greeley RV Park is the perfect solution. The pull-through sites can accommodate campers up to 60 feet in length, and they all have picnic tables and full hook-ups. There's also a shower room you can use if you don't want to shower in your RV. Books and DVDs can be borrowed from the campground office free of charge, and there's even an exercise facility you can use. Metered propane is available on long-term sites, and everyone else can get their propane bottles filled at the office.
501 E 27th St, Greeley, CO 80631, Phone: 970-353-6476
11.Mogote Meadow Cabins & RV Park
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Occupying a seven-acre property in the Conejos Canyon, the Mogote Meadow Cabins & RV Park is an ideal place to stay if you want to explore Glacier National Park. Full hook-ups are offered at all RV sites, and there are also several tent sites and rental cabins if you're traveling by car. Other amenities include campground-wide Wi-Fi, shower houses, and an on-site laundry room. Guests are always welcome to gather in the hall for games in the evenings, and the campground also often hosts special events like Wednesday potluck dinners and pancake breakfasts on Sunday mornings.
34127 CO-17, Antonito, CO 81120, Phone: 719-376-5774
12.Monument RV Park
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Only a short drive away from the Colorado National Monument, Monument RV Park is a full-service RV campground that can easily be accessed from the I-70. The sites range in size from 60 feet to 95 feet, and you can choose between sites with full hook-ups and sites with just water and electric. The sites with full hook-ups also come with cable TV, and everyone in the campground has access to complimentary Wi-Fi. Campers can also entertain themselves by playing horseshoes, working out in the exercise room, and using the seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub.
607 CO-340, Fruita, CO 81521, Phone: 970-858-4405
13.Pagosa Springs RV Park
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Boasting grassy sites and modern amenities like Wi-Fi and endless hot water for showers, the Pagosa Springs RV Park is a wonderful place to bring the whole family. Most of the sites have full hook-ups, and amenities include a laundry room, an on-site coffee shop, and a communal barbecue area with a grill and picnic tables. Movies under the stars are shown several times a week, and guests can rent ATVs to explore the surrounding trails. As an extra-special perk, the owners give a complimentary bottle of wine to anyone who stays for two nights or more.
10 Leisure Ct, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, Phone: 888-724-6727
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14.Red Mountain RV Park
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The Red Mountain RV Park might look like your standard RV campground, but its friendly staff and its excellent customer service set it apart. Each one of the spacious pull-through sites has full hook-ups, and the park can happily accommodate large groups with enough advance notice. There's also a laundry room, an RV dump station, and a children's playground, and hot showers and Wi-Fi are free for all campers to use. Tents are welcome as well, and if you're looking for something a bit different, the park also offers rental cabins just a mile down the road from the RV park.
2201 Central Ave, Kremmling, CO 80459, Phone: 970-724-9593
15.Riverview RV Park
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Open year-round, the Riverview RV Park is a family-friendly campground nestled in the beautiful countryside just outside Loveland. The property is dotted with picturesque cottonwood trees, and many of the stumps left over from dead trees have been transformed into carvings of fairies, wizards, and other magical beings. All of the sites have picnic tables and fire rings, and both pull-through and back-in options are available depending where in the park you want to be. There's a children's playground for the little ones, and guests of all ages can enjoy playing horseshoes and fishing in the creek that runs through the park.
2444 River Rim Rd, Loveland, CO 80537, Phone: 970-667-9910
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16.Snowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals
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Snowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals was named for its spectacular views of the Collegiate Peaks, the state's tallest mountain range, and it certainly lives up to its name. The park is perfectly situated for visitors who want to enjoy some of the best nature Colorado has to offer, and its spacious, grassy sites are a wonderful place to relax when you're not out exploring the mountains. Wi-Fi is available all throughout the park, and there's also a clubhouse with a TV, a pool table, and a full kitchen. Stationary trailers are available to rent if you have more people than your RV can accommodate.
30430 US-24, Buena Vista, CO 81211, Phone: 719-395-8481
17.The Views RV Park & Campground
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Sitting on a 42-acre property in Southwest Colorado, the Views RV Park & Campground boasts spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, particularly during sunset and sunrise. RVs of almost every size can easily be accommodated, and most sites have full hook-ups as well as free Wi-Fi. There's also a communal picnic pavilion with barbecue grills. The McPhee Reservoir is located right across the street, and guests can swim, sunbathe, or rent stand-up paddleboards from the campground. Restrooms, laundry facilities, and hot showers are all available for your convenience, and several glamping tents are available for rent if you have extra people.
24990 CO-184, Dolores, CO 81323, Phone: 970-749-6489
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18.Dakota Ridge RV Park
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Tucked in between the Rocky Mountains and Denver, Dakota Ridge RV Park is the perfect solution for when you can't decide between the mountains and the city. Plenty of excellent hikes, restaurants, and other attractions are only a short drive away, but there are plenty of things to keep you entertained in the campground as well, including a clubhouse with books and games you can borrow, a pool table, and an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. All sites have a Wi-Fi signal and full hook-ups, and propane can be purchased from the office if needed.
17800 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-279-1625
19.Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort
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Established in 2002, Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort is a well-kept campground set on a beautiful 45-acre property in the Pike's Peak region. There are sites to accommodate any size of vehicle, and the campground has some excellent amenities, including a volleyball court, a fully equipped bathhouse with laundry machines and hot showers, and two picnic pavilions with grills. On rainy days and in the evenings you can also retreat to the rec room to play cards and board games, watch a movie on the big screen TV, or sit by the fireplace with a good book.
2000 Barrett Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80926, Phone: 719-576-0619
20.Clear Creek RV Park
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Owned and operated by the City of Golden, Clear Creek RV Park is a scenic property that provides easy access to both the area's wonderful hiking trails and the city's historic downtown core. You can choose between sites with full hook-ups and sites with only electric, and for a small surcharge, you can have a site right on the banks of the creek that the park is named after. Complimentary amenities include Wi-Fi and hot showers, and laundry services are available for an additional fee. There's also a children's playground located at the community center right across the street.
1400 10th St, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: 303-278-1437
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21.Spruce Lake RV Park
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Located in one of the most beautiful parts of Colorado, Spruce Lake RV Park is a family-friendly RV park that encircles a tiny but crystal-clear lake. Both full-service and partial-service sites are available, but all RV sites have complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV, and there's also a bathhouse with laundry machines that can be accessed by guests 24/7. Recreation facilities at the campground include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, and mini golf. There are also several restaurants within walking distance, and there's even a complimentary shuttle into the town of Estes Park if you want to venture further afield.
1050 Mary’s Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517, Phone: 970-586-2889
22.Pikes Peak RV Park
Offering a perfect location for anyone who wants to explore one of the best-known parts of Colorado, Pikes Peak RV Park is only a ten-minute drive away from the Garden of the Gods National Landmark. A beautiful creek runs right through the park, and some campsites are set right on the bank, although you can request to be on the other side of the park if you want to be away from the sound of running water. All campers are welcome to use the communal picnic area, and if you plan on bringing your pet, there's a dog run right in the park.
320 Manitou Ave #2506, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, Phone: 719-685-9459
23.Shady Grove Campground
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With only 23 sites to choose from, the Shady Grove Campground is a small but welcoming RV park that makes for a peaceful retreat in eastern Colorado. All sites can accommodate large RVs and have full hook-ups, and you can choose between 30-amp and 50-amp electricity. Park amenities include modern restrooms with hot showers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a laundry room, and if you need to get some food, there's a grocery store in the nearby town of Seibert. Discounts are offered for weekly and monthly stays, and the park offers a dump service for an additional fee.
306 Colorado Ave, Seibert, CO 80834, Phone: 970-664-2218
25 Best Colorado RV Parks
- Aspen Ridge RV Park & Camper Rentals, South Fork, CO, Photo: Aspen Ridge RV Park & Camper Rentals, South Fork, CO
- Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park, Photo: Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park
- Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort, Photo: Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort
- Goldfield RV Park, Photo: Goldfield RV Park
- Grape Creek RV Park, Photo: Grape Creek RV Park
- Westerly RV Park, Photo: Westerly RV Park
- Circle the Wagons RV Park, Photo: Circle the Wagons RV Park
- Elk Creek Campground & RV Park, Photo: Elk Creek Campground & RV Park
- Foot of the Rockies RV Resort & Storage, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
- Greeley RV Park, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
- Mogote Meadow Cabins & RV Park, Photo: Mogote Meadow Cabins & RV Park
- Monument RV Park, Photo: DC Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Pagosa Springs RV Park, Photo: Pagosa Springs RV Park
- Red Mountain RV Park, Photo: Tomasz Zajda/stock.adobe.com
- Riverview RV Park, Photo: Riverview RV Park
- Snowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals, Photo: Snowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals
- The Views RV Park & Campground, Photo: The Views RV Park & Campground
- Dakota Ridge RV Park, Photo: Dakota Ridge RV Park
- Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort, Photo: Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort
- Clear Creek RV Park, Photo: Clear Creek RV Park
- Spruce Lake RV Park, Photo: Spruce Lake RV Park
- Pikes Peak RV Park, Photo: Gowtham/stock.adobe.com
- Shady Grove Campground, Photo: Shady Grove Campground
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Spotlight: Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Your RV
Visiting a monumental series of sand dunes in the heart of Colorado is an extraordinary experience. There’s no sea there, and it also doesn’t have the general kinds of facilities that will keep the masses entertained. But you’re guaranteed not to be disappointed in this utterly amazing place. As you look at a real, rollicking sand dune, you can understand the path of the wind, and the resonance between dry sand and waves of water. It’s an incredibly peaceful and beautiful place to visit, nearly all year round.
History:The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado is an enormous area. Its history of human habitation goes back some 11,000 years, and many of those so-called primitive communities coined some of the most poetic names for this vast tract of dune-filled land, from the Sand that Moves to Sandy Place Lake. But how did this extraordinary place come to be?
Geologists have explained it as a product of the moving surface plates in the earth’s structure, which could have happened due to major earthquakes, millions of years ago, for instance. So what they think happened was the who range of the Sandre de Cristo mountains, which borders one side of the area, was moved – and this is proved by the presence of marine fossils high up in the rocks of these mountains. Millions of years ago, these rocks were under the sea.
The San Juan Mountains, which is on the other side of the area, came about due to major volcanic activity, also several millions of years ago. The San Luis Valley, in between these two mountain ranges extends over an area of roughly 5,000 square miles, and with the shifting mountains, it became like a giant, enclosed basin. Many flash flood events and the like over time made this a very full and pressurized basin, a lake, if you will, which gradually, as the years passed, began to challenge its own walls.
Extreme water pressure broke through the water-filled valley on its southern edge, allowing for the flow of rivers which most likely formed what is today the Rio Grande Gorge near New Mexico. As the lake in that basin between the mountains receded so did a vast area of sand sheet remain in its wake. So what is a sand sheet? In simple terms, it’s an area defined by the fine sheet of sand which covers it. And while the thickness of the sandbank is not necessarily flimsy, it is the texture of the sand that is fine, like beach sand. In fact, it’s not very different from the kind of sediment you would find at the bottom of a lake, and the wind, funneled through the mountain ranges around it, shifted it, patterned it and molded it within the confines of the valley.
Sand dunes are curious things. In a sense, they almost feel like they are alive: they grow and subside with the wind, as they move and change shape over time. To all intents and purposes, the environments in which they exist are really hostile ones. Even so, communities began to opt to live there, taming aspects of the land and rising farms and in time, gold mines there from the first quarter of the 19th century. But in the 1930s, the resident communities began to worry that mining and building, particularly with concrete, which was happening in the region, could actually destroy the dunes. The people who had chosen to live there were rather proud of their beautiful landscape, and in 1932, a bill was ratified by President Hoover, to keep the terrain a national monument in perpetuity. This was the best news possible for the locals, but also for the many visitors to the area – some 285,000 still visit it, annually.
With the frontage of a visitors’ center, the park itself steers away from allowing visitors the opportunity to litter or otherwise damage the area. You can camp in the area, but you do so at your own risks and there are a couple of restaurants and lodges in the outskirts of the vicinity, and also accommodation packages at nearly all the surrounding towns.
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Facilities: And what is the biggest thrill of being in such an extraordinary landscape? Yes, rushing down a bank of sand with not a care in the world, but the first prize for many Sand Dune National Park and Preserve visitors is the night life of the place. Yes, you read that right. Statistics reveal that the experience of seeing the dunes at night is one of the central reasons why most people come there. Picture it. It’s really quiet. It’s fairly chilly. There’s not a lot of pollution. It’s the perfect context to lie on your back and glory in the mystical majesty of the stars and the moon. When you’re doing this, do it with sensitivity to the animals that live there. If you must use a flashlight, make sure it’s a red one. And don’t just think you can experience the beauty of the desert in the dark with your eyes alone. Open your ears and lungs, your heart and soul to the wisdom of the owls and the shuffle of the wind.
Unlike many other activities in grand national parks all over the world, sand-boarding and sand sledding is not one of those that demands experienced credentials. But it does demand the correct tools. You need to get proper sand sleds – don’t expect to be taken on the wings of a sand dune, if you’re lying on a piece of hard plastic or a sheet of cardboard or even a conventional snow sled. It just won’t work and you will hurt yourself. Many of the surrounding lodges will hire out sand sleds or sand boards or sand skis – find out before you invest in them.
And as you will discover, wind and sand are not toys to be played with. They seem to have minds of their own, and they’re much bigger than you. Be careful of dune collapses and also keep an eye out for the temperature of the sand. In the desert, you can’t remember your name, the rock band America sang in 1971, which might be true, but do remember your respect for the weather.
If you’re traveling into this area in order to take photographs, it’s an idea space, and you will see formations and textures and patterning that you cannot believe have been implemented by the forces of nature. As always, check on weather forecasts so that you don’t find yourself and your camera holed up somewhere in the face of strong winds, by accident.
It’s a myth that there are venomous snakes on the dunes. There are rattlesnakes but they will know you’re there long before you know they’re there – and they’ll probably be more afraid of you, than you are, of them. Be careful of driving into large horned animals such as moose at night – the area is not lit and these wild creatures are not road-savvy. You don’t want to come a cropper with an animal in the wild, ever.
In a world of shifting sands, they say a desert is a place without expectation, but it’s never a foolish idea to check on the weather before you reach your destination. Lightning is really prevalent in the area: if you hear rumblings of thunder, get out of the way of a storm as quickly as you can. While there are several campgrounds set up in the Sand Dune National Park of Colorado, it’s not recommended by some of them that you visit there in the winter months, from November until March. If you’re driving in the area, you need to be driving a high-clearance vehicle, with a four wheel drive and big tires, to make sure your vehicle keeps its grip on the sand.
With nominal entrance fees which all go to the upkeep of the park, you can afford to spend your money on all the correct equipment for such a trip. There’s a visitors’ center in the area which is a brilliant repository for everything you might need, from information and expert advice to books, potable water to the correct shoes which you need to navigate the sand. And there are a range of permits, and fee waivers too, that you might qualify for. While you’re planning your Great Sand Dunes trip, make sure that you factor all the activities you want to take part in, whether you are planning to backpack with your friends, bring school children into the area or do serious research, so that you can get all the paperwork done at the outset.
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