by Caroline Costello
What most families love about the Great Sand Dunes Lodge, located at the park’s entrance, is the stunning view from the patio of the dune fields with the mountains rising behind them. The lodge’s relatively remote location means there’s little if any light pollution, making for night skies filled with stars.
The lodge is open seasonally only, from mid-March or April through October, and amenities include a heated indoor pool, a microwave and ice machine for guests’ use in the reception area, and gas grills and picnic tables on the lodge’s large patio. All rooms have private patios and satellite television, and deluxe rooms also have a refrigerator with freezer, a microwave, a high-definition television, and private gas grills. Onsite activities include horseback riding and 4WD tours. Mountain bike trails start from the lodge, and guests can rent mountain bikes in nearby Alamosa. The trailhead for Zapata Falls is a five-mile drive away.
While there is no restaurant on site, you can walk to the nearby Great Sand Dunes Oasis, open May through September, a campground complex that has a casual eatery.
Our Editor Loves
- Located at the park's entrance
- Heated indoor pool and outdoor activities
- Casual eating at the nearby Great Sand Dunes Oasis
We were wanting to stay close to the Sand Dunes but would much rather drive then stay at the Lodge. When we pulled up there were 2 young guys running the place. When we entered the room we noticed missing light bulbs, sticky floors, dirty and not working grills outside. We decided to go to the pool but when we arrived it was disgusting and green. The sheets felt like they hadn't been washed. The place has potential but we won't be staying there again.
We have reserved a room with a « great view » for more than 200$. The reception was very bad. When we discovered the room the second bed was not made. The sofa bed and the king bed got a poor quality mattress. For the sofa, it is as if you sleep on the iron frame. We would like to gaze the view for this price but our room was along the dump of the hotel. A shame. The BBQ outside was very dirty as the floor of the room and the coffee machine does not work. When we checked-out the woman had an headphone a could not listen to me. This poor hotel uses the reputation of the nearby NP to oversell their rooms. The best place to stay is Alamosa not very far by car.
Jamais vu aux USA. L’hotel est posé juste le long de la limite du Parc National. Ils se disent Lodge mais c’est juste une catastrophe. Pour plus de 200$ nous avons eu une chambre tout juste propre avec un seul lit de fait. L’accueil est épouvantable et on a dû insister pour faire faire le lit. Le frigo est bruyant, la literie de mauvaise qualité et la machine à café hors d’usage. On avait choisi de payer plus pour la vue et nous avons eu droit de voir la décharge de l’hôtel juste en bordure du Parc National. Une honte. Le Parc National est magnifique et pour bien en profiter allez à Alamosa pour ne pas gâcher votre journée.