Camping in a large pop up trailer tent.
We wanted to stay at Great Sand Dunes National Park but they were full. And in the end, we were glad! There are 3 loops in the Mosca Campground at San Luis Lake State Park. We rolled in at 8pm on a Friday night with no reservation and found the place only about 1/3 full. The A loop, with the lake views was the most crowded so we choose a spot on the C loop and shared the loop with exactly 2 other camps. This is desert camping. No trees, just brush, yucca and dirt. There are very nice C shaped shelters at each site, picnic table, fire pit and electric hookups. Each site is roomy, with some pull throughs and some back ins. The road from the highway into the park is gravel, the campground loops are paved and the site driveways are gravel. One central bath with showers (plug quarters into the machine, there is also a change machine). Very clean. The water is yellowish and there is a sign stating that it's because of minerals. Tasted fine and smelled like nothing, which is how you want water to smell...
The wind blows here. A lot. There were dust devils that came through and filled our noses (and every other area) with sand. It was pretty hot, too, and our trailer has no a/c. Evenings and nights were plenty cool and it sprinkled several times.
Very friendly and informative park staff. The office is open 2 hrs am and 2 hrs pm to ask questions, pay, buy ice and firewood. Ice was $3 for 6lb bag. $20/night for a site plus $7 per vehicle.
This is a great jumping off place to explore Great Sand Dunes National Park, 15 minutes away.
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