San Luis State Park RV & Campground Guide
Located a short distance from Mosca and Hooper in Colorado, San Luis State Park (also called San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area) is a small natural space centered around San Luis Lake. Acting as a sort of add-on to the much larger Great Sand Dunes National Park to the east, this roughly 580-acre plot of land is still a unique and fun environment to enjoy during an RV vacation. There are plenty of activities on land and in the water to try and tons of wildlife to observe and explore. Temperatures tend to be fairly moderate, as well, with the winter months getting downright cold. Either way, expect plenty of great scenery no matter the season.
Spring 36-63 F
Summer 56-84 F
Fall 39-66 F
Winter 21-46 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in San Luis State Park
San Luis State Park is a great destination for anyone looking to enjoy an RV-based road trip. If you don't own one, consider getting a rental from RVshare. Take full advantage of your RV's convenience and fun by exploring the fantastic RV parks and campgrounds located around your destination.
San Luis State Park Campgrounds
There is a total of 51 campsites located on the grounds of San Luis State Park. Each site is equipped with electrical hookups along with a weather shelter and fire pit with a grill. A dump station is on-site. Camping at the park is entirely free, a factor that makes it potentially the best value out of anywhere you might decide to park during your trip. Naturally, this means that there aren't too many amenities beyond what was already listed, with a lack of Wi-Fi and spotty reception also being factors. Pets are more than welcome to come with you, however.
Base Camp Family Campground
Base Camp Family Campground is a fun and beautiful campground located a short way outside of San Luis State Park. Run by a friendly staff and featuring amenities like full hookups, restrooms, laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi, it's an excellent place to stay when you're not out having adventures. Pets are also welcome to come and enjoy the place. One of the best things about the park is the absolutely amazing view you have from the RV sites. Additionally, the park's rates range from $30 to $45 per night depending on the season but include a free night if you book for a full week.
Great Sand Dunes Oasis RV Park
Great Sand Dunes Oasis RV Park is a smaller RV park with an emphasis on nature. While the RV spots do have full hookups, they also offer primitive tent camping sites and rustic cabins if you'd prefer to really get to know the dunes. There's also a dump station on the grounds to use, and pets are welcome everywhere except in the cabins. RV camping costs $38 per night for two people with an additional $2.50 charged per person. An unusual feature of the RV park is in how it advertises the area around it, pointing out the various claims of UFO sightings and cryptids that guides and guests can explore if they have a taste for the supernatural or just want an excuse to experience the natural area around them.
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What to Do at
San Luis State Park
Inside San Luis State Park
Many of the best activities inside San Luis State Park revolve around the lake. Given how expansive San Luis Lake actually is, fishing, swimming, boating, and more are all tons of fun here. Birding and other forms of wildlife watching are also very popular. Visitors enjoy checking out the diversity of animals and plants as well as the region's varied landscape features. There are tons of hiking trails to explore while you're here, too.
Outside San Luis State Park
If you're feeling like you might need a change of pace from the great outdoors for a bit, you'll be happy to know that the area around San Luis State Park is packed with fun things to do. Shops, restaurants, entertainment spaces, and more are all within a short drive of the wildlife area. For anyone looking for this sort of escape from their escape, here's a handy list of things to check out while you're in town:
The Rubi Slipper
Located in Alamosa, The Rubi Slipper is a delicious little gastropub that serves a wide variety of tasty treats alongside beer on tap. Stop by for a few drinks or a full meal depending on what you're feeling at the time. Either way, with menu items like juicy hamburgers, delicious steaks, smothered burritos, chicken fried steak and classic root beer floats, you really can't go wrong.
Type: American Pub
Location: 506 State Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101
Calvillo's Mexican Restaurant
Calvillo's Mexican Restaurant is a fun and fresh Mexican restaurant with plenty of options and festive decor. With both light appetizers like the classic chips and salsa and heartier dishes like enchiladas and fajitas to choose from, you'll find yourself at a loss for words when you take even one bite of their amazing food. One of the many things that set Calvillo's apart is their daily lunch buffet, which lets you eat just about anything off their menu for only $12.
Location: 400 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101
Firedworks Gallery is a combination store and gallery, presenting visitors with a wide assortment of art both big and small to admire or take home. Sculptures and jewelry are their main attractions, and their whole collection is handmade by local artists with unmatched talent. Whether you're looking for an enriching day of admiring the works of the area's finest artists or a place to shop for some truly fantastic souvenirs, this gallery should not disappoint.
Location: 608 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is a historic train running throughout the area that offers tons of opportunities for fun and education. Not only can you experience riding an attractive steam or diesel train, but the looping path the train makes stops at the small town of LaVeta where you can learn about the town and area history as well as do some serious wildlife watching.
Location: 610 State Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101
Society Hall is a unique concert venue that, at first glance, you may not even realize is meant to host concerts. Designed similar to a city hall-style government building, Society Hall acts as a stage for all sorts of folk acts, musicians, art exhibits and more as they pass through Colorado. Stop by to catch the events or just to admire the architecture and its interesting juxtaposition between how things look and what goes on behind its doors.
Location: 400 Ross Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101
How to Get to
San Luis State Park
If you're looking for easy directions to San Luis State Park, the best place to start is neighboring Mosca, Colorado. In total, it should only take you around 10 minutes to reach the wildlife area. Just head to North Highway 17 from the center of town and turn off on Lane 6 North on your right. From there, it's just a little over a seven-mile drive to get to the park. You can also come from the opposite direction by following any number of routes to the neighboring Great Sand Dunes National Park and then going along the southern edge all the way to the westernmost point.
Entering San Luis State Park
The entrance to San Luis State Park will be on the left side of the road. To camp there legally, you'll need to have an annual access permit or a Colorado hunting and fishing license to get in.
Per person : $0
Must have a permit
At RVshare, we have a great passion for nature and everything revolving around the RV lifestyle. This is why you know we really mean it when we say that San Luis State Park is a fantastic place to take a vacation. With tons of things to do on land and in the lake plus plenty of activities in the surrounding towns, you'll never have to deal with a lack of fun during your trip. Make plenty of memories and, if you don't mind sharing, send some of them our way via picture by emailing [email protected] or by tagging us on social media. If you do, you could even see your photos show up in an upcoming blog post about the area.