After an amazing couple of weeks at the Texan RV Park for the NRTVA Fundamentals course, it's finally time to start our summer travel schedule and see some NEW STUFF! 😀
Sand Dunes Recreation
The Sand Dunes Recreation Area is definitely one of the most unique places we've ever camped! The RV sites are water and electric only, but it's on-site with the Sand Dunes Pool and Recreation area! These pools are fed by hot springs that were discovered when drilling for oil. No oil, but they definitely made the best of it!
The main pool area has a restaurant and is open to everyone, while the Greenhouse is adults only and has its own menu. While we were skeptical, the food was VERY GOOD! Also, it was great to have a place to walk over and grab carry out on any given night.
One thing of note: The RV site's water supply is from the same hot springs well as the pools. This makes it a bit interesting when taking a shower – having both cold and hot running hot.
San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area
We first heard about this area for camping from our friends Liz and Denis (Eat See RV). So, while camped at the pool, we made a scouting trip to see how well it might work for our giant RV! It turns out it was AMAZING! Nothing out our front door except the lake, dunes, and mountains!
The sites have 50A, 30A, and 20A but no water or sewer. So, fill your tanks before arriving! All sites are also first-come-first-serve, and you need a Colorado hunting or fishing license to camp. See the links below for how to purchase your license.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
While the recreation area is cool, our primary reason for visiting the area is to see the National Park.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park boasts the largest dunes in the United States! While we didn't try it, we're told it can take a whole day to hike to the highest peak and back. The dunes are spectacular against the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains!
We did get to the dunes a few times while we were there. We rented a sled and board from the Sand Dunes Recreation area one day and decided to try some sand-sledding and sand-boarding. Unfortunately, that didn't go as well as we thought it might in our imaginations! 😳 You'll have to watch the video to see how that went!
- Eat, See, RV Video on the Sand Dunes area: youtu.be/9hYROsgF2Cs
- Fifth Wheel Hydraulic System Tips – youtu.be/qcsbT_eW7eY
- White Sands New Mexico – youtu.be/khplrPrgbBM
- Sand Dunes Recreation: www.sanddunespool.com
- Alamosa UFO Watchtower: www.alamosa.org/directory/835-ufo-watchtower
- Great Sand Dunes National Park: www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
- San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area: cpw.state.co.us/swa/San%20Luis%20Lakes%20SWA
- Colorado State Fishing Licenses: cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Fishing.aspx
- Daisy's Travel Dog Bed (in the truck): amzn.to/2SK32hd
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