We stayed here with our two children for two nights. I think it was a great alternative to tent camping for us. If a person is wanting a hotel substitute, they may be disappointed. This is a rustic cabin.
It is very close to the Dunes and Zapata Falls. There are views of the Dunes, the Valley, and mountains behind the cabins. The Great Sand Dunes Lodge is right next to the Oasis. It is a good choice for a hotel-like experience.
We enjoyed being able to make it quickly to the dunes in the morning for a trek to the top of High Peak. We also attended a ranger program one evening at the amphitheater.
Inside the cabin:
-full bed with a plastic mattress cover (We brought sleeping bags and slept in them on top of the mattresses).
- a bunk bed with two twin (or even bigger) beds with vinyl covered mattresses like used at some summer camp bunks.
-a plastic table and chairs
-one electrical plug by the door with a really small space heater
-2 windows that slid open. One window had a broken screen, but there were hardly any bugs and it was fine.
-floors were a little dirty, but I expected it since it is a CAMP cabin.
*** I was nervous about staying in these based on the previous reviewers complaints of bed bugs. I also knew that bed bugs were not as common at this altitude and low humidity level. We decided we would go, check it out, and leave if there were any signs. I waited two weeks to review since it can take that long to see bites on skin. Long story short...NO BED BUGS!
Outside the Cabin:
There isn't much shade around the cabins.
There was a little porch, a picnic table, a grill, and a fire ring.
I would bring something to wipe them down but they were fine for us. We had a fire and smores each night. People were friendly.
The bathrooms were down a little hill. There were three showers, three toilets, three sinks. We never had any trouble using them or with it being overcrowded. There is some mold in the corners of the showers. We wore shoes in the shower. Overall, the bathroom was kept clean.
Oasis Store: It has wood, matches, food, etc. It is a little pricey, but it is nice if you forget something to have access to it. It was still cheaper than driving back to Alamosa.
Ice Cream Social: We brought our own bowl and spoon for the $1.50 all you can eat ice cream. They had GREAT ice cream! Sherbert, cookie n cream, mint choc chip, choc, vanilla...
Playground: There isn't much to it, but kids really don't need much.
Laundry: It is a really old space. We didn't use it.
Overall: We were satisfied. We would stay there again.
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