Fall Camping with Ramble at Great Sand Dunes

Ramble at Great Sand Dunes Campsites at Sunset

The Perfect Fall CAMPING Oasis

When most people think about camping, they imagine lush green forests, sprawling lakes, or perhaps a secluded mountain top. However, one underrated destination offering a unique camping experience is the area surrounding the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Especially magical during the fall season, this stunning location promises an adventurous outdoor experience like no other. Picture yourself watching the sunset over the tallest sand dunes in North America, wrapped in autumnal hues—sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Let’s dive into what makes camping with Ramble at Great Sand Dunes National Park in the fall an unforgettable experience!


Temperate Climate

While the summer months can be scorching and winters harsh, fall offers a mild and comfortable climate. The temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold, making it ideal for hiking, sand-boarding, and star-gazing.

Colorful Scenery

The surrounding areas of the park, particularly the San Luis Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, burst into vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red during fall. This offers an enchanting backdrop to the golden sands.

Lesser Crowds

Fall is somewhat of a shoulder season for the park, meaning fewer crowds. You get the best campsites, quieter trails, and a more peaceful experience.

Ramble at Great Sand Dunes mystical orbs with Sangre de Cristo mountains in background
Woman with dog at Great Sand Dunes National Park


Star Gazing
Ramble at Great Sand Dunes campground fall within a certified International Dark Sky community, offering a spectacular sky-show once the sun goes down. Fall provides clear skies for stargazing that are simply unparalleled.

Sand-Boarding and Sledding
Rent a sand-board or sled right at our campground and head over to Great Sand Dunes National Park (about a 30 minute drive) to ride down the dunes. Unlike summer, the sand is not too hot, making your ride far more comfortable.

The contrasting landscapes—the dunes, the fall foliage, and the mountains—create a perfect setting for some dramatic photography.

Hiking & Wildlife Watching
Fall is the perfect time for hiking as the temperatures are moderate. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including deer and various bird species that are especially active during this time.

Packing Tips for Fall Camping

Layers: The desert can be quite cold at night even in the fall. Bring plenty of layers to stay warm.

Hydration: Even if it’s cooler, you’re still in a desert. Stay hydrated.

Footwear: You’ll be dealing with a mix of terrains, from sandy to rocky. Make sure you have sturdy footwear.

Camping Gear: Make sure you pack the essentials like a good-quality tent with tie downs, sleeping bags, a pot and pan, and a comfy blanket.

Night fall at Ramble at Great Sand Dunes
Couple in sleeping bags at Ramble at Great Sand Dunes


Camping near Great Sand Dunes National Park in the fall is a truly magical experience that combines the thrill of the desert with the aesthetic splendor of autumn. With lesser crowds, more moderate temperatures, and the beautiful fall foliage, it’s a must-visit for anyone looking to add a unique twist to their camping adventures!


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