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Sawmill Canyon Campground

Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 1
Reservation Contact: Visitor Center
Reservation Remarks: Space for two cars and four wheelchairs; for handicapped parties only. Phone 719.378-3212 ext. 220
Reservation Status: Required

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General Description

Sawmill Canyon Accessible Campsite - 10.98
Copyright: Jamiebea Hall - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Sawmill Canyon Accessible Campsite - 10.98
For a unique backcountry experience, Sawmill Canyon Campsite offers excellent scenery and solitude for handicapped visitors. Less then 1 mile north on Medano Pass Road, the two car parking area can accommodate up to four wheelchairs. The hardened trail to the campsite is .1 miles long and has a maximum grade of 6%.

Facilities include an elevated tent pad, picnic table, fire grate, firewood and food storage containers and an open air toilet. The site may be checked out for free in person at the Visitor's Center, or by calling 719-378-2312, ext. 220.

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 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).

Directions from Visitor Center: Drive north from the Visitor Center and the highway turns into Medano Pass Primitive Road. Drive about 1 mile to the campsite.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Year-round (NOTE: Visitor Center open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Summer months; varying hours in the Winter.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Single unit fee Call for Current Fee Accommodates two cars and up t

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Sawmill Canyon Campground
ICON Family Camping Pinyon Flats Campground as well
ICON Fishing Medano Creek; Rio Grande National Forest
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Medano Pass Primitive Road
ICON Group Picnicking South Ramada (reservations required) and North Ramada
ICON Hiking & Walking Numerous trails in the area
ICON Horseback Riding Park at Amphitheater, Montville or Point of No Return; stay out of main public use areas
ICON Animal Identification Look for tracks in the sand, especially in early morning.
ICON Firewood Gathering Not permitted in the Monument; purchase from concessionaire in summer and from Visitor Center in winter.
ICON Lodging Alamosa, Monte Vista and Ft. Garland
ICON Mountain Biking Only on Medano Pass Primitive Road; some difficult sandy stretches
ICON Mountain Climbing Blanca Peak, Little Bear and the Crestones
ICON Motorcycle Riding Only on Medano Pass Primitive Road, if vehicle and driver are licensed.
ICON ATV Riding Only on Medano Pass Primitive Road, if vehicle and driver are licensed.
ICON General Information Visitor Center
ICON Picnicking Next to Dunes Parking Area, Sand Pit and Castle Creek sites
ICON Downhill Skiing Trying skiing the dunes, even in summer.
ICON Backpacking Eight backcountry sites in the Monument; free permit from Visitor Center required.
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Summer programs at amphitheater; programs in Visitor Center year-round
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Picture Point Trail, Montville Nature Trail
ICON Guided Touring Concessionaire conducts tours on Medano Pass Primitive Road in the summer.

Related Activities
Great Sand Dunes National Monument Visitor Center - Before venturing out to the dunes, stop by the Visitor Center. Here you can pick up information on the dunes and other park features. The center is opened daily, except on federal holidays in the winter.

Medano Pass Primitive Road - The Medano Pass Primitive Road is a four-wheel drive road that begins in the park and goes north to Medano Pass and the Rio Grande National Forest.

Point of No Return Parking Area - This is a turnaround area and small parking area, aptly named Point of No Return. It is provided for two-wheel drive, wide and/or long vehicles.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Alamosa Visitor Information Center, Cole Park , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4840, bluskys@alamosa.org


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