Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

May 31, 2017

 

My husband and I were driving to Durango on a weekend getaway when we happened upon these dunes. I had no idea that the tallest sand dunes in the country were in Colorado. It was winter so the sand was cool on our toes as we started our accent. What breathtaking views of the valley, the dunes and the river while taking a well deserved break after a long climb to the top!  

 

The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! 

 

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife. 

 

Things to do at Great Sand Dunes National Park:

~ Hiking & Backpacking

~ Sand Boarding & Sand Sledding

~ Splashing in Medano Creek

~ Free Ranger Programs

~ Experience the Night Sky 

~ Photography

~ 4WD Medano Pass Road

~ Visitors Center

~ Horseback Riding

 

Thing to know at Great Sand Dunes National Park:

~ When you visit Great Sand Dunes, you also visit the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, a

    part of the diverse cultural heritage of the San Luis Valley. 

~ Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year

    round.

~ Piñon Flats Campground is open April through October each year (closed November

   through March).

~ Seasonal alert: Ticks are out in April, May and June in the forests surrounding the dunes.

   There are no ticks in the dunes. When hiking in forested or grassy areas during tick season,

    wear tick repellant on your clothing, and long pants with cuffs tucked into your socks to

    help prevent tick bites.

~ For further details on safety at the dunes

    visit: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/safety.htm

 

Resources: 

National Park Service: Great Sand Dunes: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm

 

 

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