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Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mosca
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 26, 2011

This is an older motel that is located about 2 miles outside the entrance to the National Park. We have visited here twice staying one night each time.

The rooms are spacious with sliding glass doors going out to a patio area. The view from the patio is the sand dunes in the distance. Hummingbird feeders are set up nearby and they are very active with hummingbirds coming and going.

The regular rooms have 2 beds but no microwave or fridge. We had an ice chest so that was not a problem..plus we had brought food for dinner, knowing the selections in the area were few. Upon check-in, I did notice the sign about the ice but felt that that was reasonable since some people do take advantage and they have to be able to serve all of the guests.

The rooms were clean and good sized. The wireless worked but was not very fast. Actually there were a couple times that I lost connection. I recommend that they get a stronger router.

The location is what sells these rooms. The dunes are beautiful and there are no other hotels around for miles, probably in Alamosa as the closest. The setting is so peaceful and relaxing, plus the convenience of being able to drive 5 minutes to the park is great. We got up early the next morning (coffee not ready till 7 so bring your own pot if you are on central or eastern time) and went to Zapata falls. This is a short hike located about 2 miles south of the lodge.

I think everyone should visit the dunes at least once so I would definitely recommend this motel as the place to stay while you are here.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

This was our first stop on our two week honeymoon National Park-ing. We stayed two nights at the lodge and fell in love with the property. The room was very clean and comfortable - we loved spending time on our back patio watching the sunset over the dunes. We ate down at the Oasis restaurant both nights and loved the home cooked food! After reading some of the other reviews, we feel compelled to comment about the "rules" and "ice". Yes, the owner has posted a request to not take large amounts of ice for your cooler and to use the store for larger needs. To us, this is sensible considering how many guests are staying. We did not notice any signs in the rooms with rules aside from your normal "leave your towel on the floor means we will replace it..." sort of stuff. We will say that the owner was not very talkative, but that does not mean he is a bad guy. Overall, you'd be crazy to not stay here while visiting the dunes. And do make sure you visit the falls about a half of a mile before the lodge.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

The hotel was good, location and views were great, and the owners were nice and informative. I would stay there again.

However, I found the signs in the rooms very offputting. It was way too much information about what you can and you cannot do. They sounded very threatening, and if you do something they tell you not to do, then they will charge you. It seems insignificant but it could make your stay a bit uncomfortable.

I think i am not the first one to comment on that. I think these little detail should not stop you from visiting this nice lodge though.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

I booked this because of trying to save time on our 2,000 mile road trip, but was not expecting much. It was pricey, but SO glad we stayed there! The lady who checked us in (perhaps the owner?) was super sweet, and our room was wonderful! Large bathroom, plenty of everything we needed. BUT...the REAL bonus...amazing views! We had views of the Sand Dunes, mountains, hiking paths, etc. Watching the sunset was amazing! Sure, no continental breakfast, but the restaurant just down from the hotel was decent (for dinner). We had breakfast in a town on our way to our next destination. We were sad to leave.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

We stayed in room 3 (non-deluxe) at the Grand Sand Dunes Lodge in July 2011 and found the rooms very clean and the view superb. The lovely couple that run this motel style establishment were very friendly. They told us that they are in the midst of upgrading all of the rooms (even though the place appears to have had significant renovations in the last 5 or 6 years). The views from our room were excellent and there are comfortable chairs outside the room, with a sliding glass door and concrete patio area on the west side facing the Dunes.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Two families - One with small children, one with a teen. We arrived around 3, after stopping just up the road at Zapata Falls, for some exploring and picnic lunch. Free. There were "hole in the floor" restrooms and picnic areas. A 1/2 mile hike takes you to the falls (you have to go through some rock behind the falls to get to them, so a little adventue is required). Everyone went over to the indoor pool, accesible with your room key, and enjoyed a swim. We did have to let the front desk know we wanted to swim, as the cover was on the pool. We had brought hot dogs, etc. to utilize the gas grills on the patio behind the pool. We had the basic rooms, nice bathroom area with a great place to put your luggage and nice size shower/tub/toilet room. Sink area separate. There are deluxe rooms with fridge and microwave. There is an ice machine in the lobby as well as coffee maker and microwave. The rooms are one long line (think drive up motel) of rooms, the pool, and the two deluxe rooms. Behind the lodge is a huge camp site area with a shower area made out of an old rail car. Just below the lodge, is an area for campers/rv's with a play area. Just outside it on the opposite side of the dirt access road are some primitive, nice cabins which have beds - no bathroom. And at the bottom by the highway is the gas/gift shop/some groceries/camping supplies and restaurant. About 10 more min. up the road are the Dunes.

Just outside your back sliding door, each room has a small patio with chairs. Perfect for watching the sunsets and humming birds. About a dozen were flying about almost everytime we looked out, making great photo ops. The owners have feeders placed along the fence, bringing them in for quite a sensory site. We also enjoyed deer roaming the area several times.

Beds are firm, but we like them that way.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

We stayed here on Thursday, 30 June 2011. We’ve stayed in or near National Parks before and enjoy being close to our target for the morning. Everyone says to get to the Great Sand Dunes early in the morning because the wind picks up. This motel is right at the entrance.

The staff is friendly. They stayed up late to check us in (we called ahead to tell them we’d be in after 8pm). The motel fills up fast, so reserve early. It’s situated with a campground but we didn’t check that out. Maybe next time. The website said there were a bar-b-que in the back and a microwave in the lobby. There were actually multiple bar-b-ques off the rooms’ patios. Our room had its own microwave plus a refrigerator. You access the patio through a sliding glass door and there’s a screen if you want to leave your back door open. The room is large and they offer a cot/bed if you have more than two people.

They have a small ice machine in the lobby and offer coffee and tea in the morning (and tea at night if you want). You can purchase a bag of ice down at the general store. There’s also a restaurant and a gas station next door.

They offer free wi-fi, more cable channels than you’d ever want, and free hummingbird viewing (in June, there were loads of hummers buzzing about). The room itself was clean and bright. There were nice little things like a night light in the bathroom area and air freshener plus an indoor-outdoor thermometer. The soap smells terrific but they didn’t have a hair dryer, ironing board or anything other than the soap and a shampoo. That’s fine, everything else was terrific.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 7900 Hwy 150 North, Mosca, CO
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Location: United States > Colorado > Mosca
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Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mosca
Price Range: $85 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 256
Also Known As:
Great Sand Dunes Hotel Mosca
Great Sand Dunes Mosca
Great Sand Dunes Lodge Colorado/Mosca

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