We love trying new campGROUNDS when we visit national parks! In this guide, we’re sharing a detailed review of Ramble AT Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
As we planned our trip to the Great Sand Dunes and explored places to camp in our van, there weren’t any campgrounds that caught our eye. When we got an ad for Ramble camping on our Instagram, we knew we had to reach out and see if they had any availability for our dates in June of 2023. Ramble’s campground at Great Sand Dunes had just opened in May of 2023, so we were excited to be among the first 500 campers at Ramble! We even got a couple of free coffee cups, stickers, and buttons from Ramble to celebrate this.
Whether you’re looking to tent camp or RV camp near the Great Sand Dunes, nothing makes us happier than sharing our favorite campgrounds we love with other travelers. We hope this review gives you some insight into our experience camping at Ramble and what you can expect during your stay.
Ramble at Great Sand Dunes is a hip, environmentally friendly campground located just 25 miles from the Great Sand Dunes’ Visitor Center. Surrounded by 320 acres, there are vast views of the desert and the surrounding Sangre De Cristo mountain range.
As you will see through the layout of the campsites and the amenities they offer, Ramble’s campground is intentionally designed to get people connecting with each other outside. For this reason, it is important to note that there are no electrical hookups available at Ramble.
Getting to Ramble
We recommend using Google Maps to help you navigate your way to Ramble’s campground. Here is the address:
Ramble at Great Sand Dunes National Park
246 N Rd 112
Mosca, CO 81146
NOTE: The road getting into Ramble is a gravel road and pretty bumpy, but you do not need 4-wheel drive or high clearance to get there.
Checking In & Out of Ramble
You can check into your Ramble campsite as early as 2pm. Upon arriving at Ramble’s campground, we recommend stopping at the Welcome Center. Here, you can see a map of the campground, get info on the area and local history, and take a photo! Plus, there is a free library to snatch a book to read while you camp.
Since Ramble is contactless, there is no formal check in procedure or welcome desk, so you are welcome to drive straight to your campsite (which are clearly numbered).
Check out time is 11am on the day of your departure. Similar to check in, there is no formal check out procedure at Ramble. You are welcome to just leave your campsite when you’re ready to go.
Types of Ramble Campsites
There are 4 different options in terms of camping at Ramble depending on if you’re tent camping or RV camping, as well as the size of your group and the amenities provided at the campsite.
Option 1: Adventure Tent ($59/night)
These Ramble campsites are tent-only, walk-in sites that can fit 1 vehicle and up to 4 guests. These sites include:
- Shade structure
- Picnic table
- Double range gas stove
- Horseshoe pit
- Solo stove fire pit
- Pet leash hook (leash provided)
- 1 tent pad
- Windbreak wall
- Wagon (for transporting gear from vehicle to tent)
- Shared water access
Option 2: Signature Tent & RV ($99/night)
This is the type of Ramble campsite we stayed at. These campsites can accommodate up to 8 guests and 3 vehicles (up to 45 feet). They provide partial hookups (water and sewer only). In addition to the perks listed under Adventure Tent, these sites include:
- 2 tent pads (at tent sites)
- Potable water (5 gallons)
- Food prep area (lighter, pour over coffee system, kettle, and coffee grounds provided)
- Phone & device charging
- Sink to wash dishes (and dish soap)
- Ambiance lighting
- 4 Adirondack chairs
- Water & sewer hookups
- Wagon (for transporting firewood)
Option 3: Signature Plus Tent ($149/night) & RV ($175/night)
Similar to the Signature campsites, these Ramble campsites can accommodate up to 8 guests and 3 vehicles; however, these sites offer a few extra luxuries in addition to those provided at the Signature campsites:
- 3 tent pads and solar charging
- 6 Adirondack chairs
- Windbreak wall
- Cornhole tables
- Hammock at campsite
Option 4: Group Tent ($499/night)
Perfect for camping with a large group, these Ramble campsites can accommodate up to 20 guests and 6 vehicles. These sites offer even a few extra perks from the Signature Plus sites:
- 6 tent pads and solar charging
- 2 food prep areas
- 2 sinks to wash dishes
- 12 Adirondack chairs
- Oversized fire bowl
- 2 picnic tables
- 2 double range gas stoves
- Children’s picnic table
- Playground set
Now to the fun stuff… all of the amenities! To us, this is what truly makes Ramble the prime camping location in the Great Sand Dunes vicinity.
- Hot, private showers (shampoo, conditioner, and body wash provided)
- Flushable toilets
- Sinks (soap and paper towels provided)
- Infant changing tables
- QR code honors system kiosk to purchase toiletries and souvenirs
Recreational Activities & Games
- 9 hole disc golf course (discs provided)
- Free library
- Fat tire gravel bike rentals and kid bikes (helmets provided)
- Sandboard rentals (to use at Great Sand Dunes)
- Multi use trail (2+ miles) for biking, running, and walking (with optional challenges along the trail such as a balance beam and rumble strip)
- Pit Stop area on trail with 4 hammocks and 2 lounge chairs
- Stargazing (under a dark sky reserve)
- Solar flower field (lights up at night)
- Horseshoes (at all sites) and cornhole (at select sites; see above)
- Dog friendly campground (dogs must be leashed at all times)
- Water fill station near Bath House
- Dumpsters near Bath House and entry
- Firewood available for purchase at campground with QR code (first bundle is on Ramble!)
- Spread out campsites (100 feet away from neighbors)
- Campsite host available on site to help as needed
Our Packing Recommendations
To enhance your experience camping at Ramble, we recommend packing the following:
- Bug spray (use code Katekeepswild15)
- Sunscreen (use code Katekeepswild15)
- Rain jacket
- Pots, pans, and utensils
- National parks pass (we recommend the annual pass which is good for all parks)
- Sandals and athletic shoes
- Water bottle
- Deck of cards
We had an excellent time camping at Ramble at Great Sand Dunes and will definitely return to camp here next time we’re in the area. We appreciate how it has hot showers, toilets, and a place to fill our water tank. We had a blast riding the fat tire bikes around the trail, lounging in the hammocks, having a fire in our pit, and stargazing together. Plus, it’s dog friendly for Willow!
Between enjoying these amenities at Ramble and exploring the Great Sand Dunes during the day, we even ran out of time to try out some of the activities like disc golf!
Although it is more expensive than typical campgrounds, Ramble provides camping luxuries and amenities that go far above what one would find at an average campground. To us, the memories we created at Ramble are worth the price tag.
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