The San Luis Valley is pleasant and warm during the day and cool/cold by night. Weather can change quickly in the mountains, but we can see it coming much of the time from our epic view. Be ready for anything - Sun! Wind! Cold! Rain! Dust! Fun! Jams! Making Friends!
Stuff you can't live without:
Tent (or sign up for the "hostel tent")
UV Protection etc.
camping pad recommended
sleeping bag or sheets/blankets
pillows (normal or travel pillows or stuff a pillowcase with clothes)
remember it is cold at night! Warm things!
Headlamps are great
bring extra batteries!
Food for breakfast and lunch (vegetables, meat, grains, etc.)
Food for communal dinner (to collaborate or on your own)
Coolers to store your food
Layers and a real jacket (chilly at night)
Extra Toilet Paper (just in case!)
Sunscreen (we have many shady spots but the sun is hot!)
bring lots of beer if you like to drink lots of beer!
whiskey or hard liquor for whiskey rock (communal)
anything you like!
Fork / Knife / Spoon
Cooking Gear (more is better!)
Spatula, tongs, soup spoons etc.
Your favorite pot(s) / skillets
Camp stove if you have one
A way to make coffee or tea (french press? pourover? percolator?)
Fingerless gloves for playing music in the cool nighttime
Gloves for anytime
Gloves for hot cooking over or in the campfire
Your Instruments! (common or bizarre)
a positive attitude
Shoes (sandals, shoes, hiking boots, comfortable shoes!)
Rain jacket (as light as possible)
Clothes (comfortable, avoid cotton)
Small $ Bills
Daily run for ice (beer coolers, food coolers)
$3 / 10lb bag at nearest store
If you will need it, bring it!!!
There is running water available for drinking/washing.
Showers and bathrooms are available as well as porta-potties.
Camelbak / water reservoir
Sunglasses (with UV protection!!)
Gloves (yes, even in summer)
Bathing suit (Nearby Valley View Hot Springs is clothing optional; nearby Joyful Journey Hot Springs is clothing required)
Great Sand Dunes National Park:
Sunglasses and/or goggles
Something that covers your ears
- fresh waxed rock skis/snowboard?
The wind made the sand dunes and it is a powerful force. If you venture into the sand dunes, prepare for high winds blowing sand in all directions. There is an optional outing to play music and picnic at the base of the dunes.
- Bottle of liquor
for "Whiskey Rock" (communal)
- America The Beautiful Pass
(if you have one)
If you are flying, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange any items that you are unable to bring. We are flexible and we will make it happen for you!!