Piñon Flats Campground is open all year on a first-come, first serve basis with the exception of the group site. Each site has a picnic table and fire grate. Facilities include water fountains and spigots as well as restrooms with sinks and toilets. The campground can accommodate trailers up to 35 feet.
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Pinyon Flats Family Campground - Loop 2 - 10.98
Single campsites are available by self-registration and during the summer, the 88 sites generally fill up by noon on Friday for the weekend and by early evening during the rest of the week.
Two wheelchair accessible drive-in sites are available at Piñon Flats Campground. The site in Loop One is reserved until 6 p.m. nightly, and the site in Loop Two is reserved full-time. Both campsites have tables, a fire grate, parking and accessible restrooms nearby.
Back country camping allows you to explore remote areas of the Monument. The Monument has eight backpacking backcountry sites, with hiking distances ranging from .6 miles to 10.5 miles. Backpackers may also spend the night on the Main Dune Mass. A free backcountry permit must be obtained from the Visitor Center if you are camping in the Monument or if leaving a vehicle in the Monument overnight. Backpackers can also camp in the Rio Grande National Forest (Medano Pass, Mosca Pass or Blanca Peak Trail).
Firewood gathering is not allowed in the Monument, but wood may be purchased from the campground vendor or The Oasis in the summer; from October to May, wood may be purchased from the Visitor Center.
Horseback riding is permitted in the Monument, but riding is not permitted in the main public use area (off the dunes parking lot). Medano Pass Primitive Road is a pleasant place to ride. Vehicles and trailers must be parked at the amphitheater parking lot. Please clean up after your horses in the parking lot. If camping in the adjacent National Forest and leaving a vehicle in the Monument, a free backcountry permit is required which is available in the Visitor Center.
Directions from Visitor Center: The entrance to Pinyon Flats Campground is just under 1 mile from the Visitor Center and is located to the right of the Dunes.
Normal Services Available:
(NOTE: Visitor Center open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Summer months; varying hours in the Winter.)