Bureau of Land Management
Was easy to find using GPS. Many open spots. Beautiful views. Very windy the night we were here.
Great spot, super close to the sand dunes. Also a great trail to hike 2 14ers. The road gets rough the higher you go. Any car should be able to make it to the first few spots but after that it get challenging.
This campground was very busy. There was some spots with fire rings but they were all taken up. We ended up parking in the lot near the sign. No amenities and the closest gas station was about 15 minutes away. The road to the campsites gets pretty bumpy. Gorgeous stars at night, lots of cows nearby and we even saw a few coyotes. Super close to Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Camping along this road was such a cool experience! Our spot was private but still close to other campers. Beautiful place to see the stars as well! The road was a little rough but doable, at least as far up as we went.
Safe, right off the road and absolutely beautiful! You may get lucky and see some cute cows :)
Quite and felt safe. Near the main road but at night there were almost no vehicles.
I found this camp area on this app. I was afraid it was going to be camping close to the road and would not be a very good site, but I was mistaken and very pleased with our choice to stay here. There is a cattle guard type entrance when you pull off of the highway so be careful there but otherwise the road is okay for as far as we went, we stayed in the flat area. There are multiple sites and they are large open areas. The site we stayed on had 3-4 camper s on it at a time and we all had plenty of room and it did not feel like we were on top of each other. The views are absolutely beautiful and the amount of stars you can see is amazing. We were within 20ish minutes from Great Sand Dunes NP, which was awesome, and about 20ish minutes from town in the other direction. All in all a great place to camp.
I came in on a foggy, snowy weekday evening after dark... in December. I didn't bother goin on up the road, just parked at the signage area just off the main road. Will have to check out spots further up the next two nights, but for my purposes, this is perfect. I'll be up an hour before dawn to go scout sunrise locations at the dunes visitor center. Fresh snow on sand!
Actually getting 4 bars on Verizon, even with the heavy weather.
Roadpickle's description of the campsites is spot on. Parked about halfway up the road, had good AT&T cell signal. Scenic view and very quiet, outside of the wind!
Tons of spots that get better the further up the road you drive. You'll need a 4x4 to go far up though (once the road turns to rocks).
Felt very safe, and there were plenty of spots. Decent views, and super close to the Dunes. Great place to camp if you plan to hike Mt Blanca too.
Perfect location. Easy to find. Easy to get to main road and NP. Great spot to catch the sunset. Highly recommend!!
Gorgeous scenary. Super quiet. Great for a night or two. Firepits. Beautiful, close up view of mountains plus a great sunset view. Plus, its FREE!
No restrooms, showers, or water.
15 min from the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Great location. You drive up a bit and get a great sunset over the valley. There are several spots to stop. I was winter camping and essentially had it to myself. Road gets a bit bumpy after the 7,000 range of elevation, just high enough for a great view. Close enough to town and GSD np.
We came in after dark (9pm) and we had no problem finding a spot to park. We were just car camping so it was easy to sneak in wherever. We past about half a dozen people after going about 1.5-2 miles up the road. Most 2WD cars should be able to get pretty far in order to find a spot. If you have a bigger rig it will be easier to find a spot I. The first 3-4 open areas. Cell service is better the farther you go up, Verizon had about 3 bars with LTE service.
It was super quiet. We only heard the wind and the occasional bird. Neighbors were quiet and polite. The view in the morning was wonderful to wake up to. I would recommend coming here if you want a 100% free and peaceful land to stay on!
This is a good place to stay a night or two. Best parking for RVs are the first three areas on the left. Above that the road gets rocky and narrow and the sites are not easy to get into or even close to level. Take trash to Sand Dunes, plenty of good dumpsters there. Photograph the sunrises, sunsets, and the Milky Way.
Staying here tonight (6/29), about 2-3 tents/RVs in the first two sites. Plenty of room as we arrived around 7pm. Gorgeous views of the sunset. Will probably stay here again tomorrow!
Lake Como Rd area is on BLM land. It's marked as BLM Rd 5410 on Bureau maps, and is also known as Mt. Blanca Rd
The road runs up to Lake Como about 10,000 feet up to Blanca Peak. Most vehicles can't make it up that far because it is so heavily rocky once you get about 9,000 feet up. Blanca Peak itself is at 14,345 feet.
Otherwise for the rest of us RVers, this road offers some easy to get to campsites further below.
The first of which is a flat area right at the entrance, where Lake Como Rd intersects from Hwy 150. There are camp signs here describing the area, and rules for camping. This area is big enough for 2 or 3 large RVs.
About a 1/2 up the road is another flat area, large enough to hold 3 or 4 large RVs.
A 1/2 mile up from that is yet another flat area, big enough for 3 or 4 large RVs.
At that point the road begins ascending up the mountains. It continues on a slow rise over firm packed dirt, and accessible to cars, trucks, RVs, with 2WD. You'll pass by two smaller clearings each big enough for a single large RV. At this point you are 7,900 feet up.
Beyond that, there are more clearings up ahead for campers, but the road gets more rocky and high clearance 4WD will be needed.
We camped at that last spot where I said the elevation was 7,900 feet, for 9 days during May 2019. It actually snowed on us one night.
Verizon 4G signal was strong where I was camped, but we noted it varied at the other sites. Closer to hwy 150 it fizzled down to 1 bar. But as I got further up in elevation, it improved.
It gets very windy here. Wind seems to blow either from East or West, rarely from North or South.
Gorgeous sunsets to be enjoyed here if you can get a camp higher up. There are also horses that wander freely through here.
This is a very popular camping area. Best to get here in the late morning or early afternoon, as spaces will fill up. Lots of tent campers here. If you camp in the lower large clearings, expect to have other RVers share space with you.
Zapata Falls is about 6-7 miles further up Hwy 150, and has it's own BLM campground, but is fee-based.
RV dump station is inside Great Sand Dunes National Park, about 12 miles north along Hwy 150. It does have potable water, however it has a very unusual faucet that will not screw into a conventional garden hose receptacle. You will need a Water Bandit to get water into your rig, but even then I still could not get water in.