Great Sand Dunes National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Great Sand Dunes National Park Vacation
Created by winds that sweep the San Luis Valley floor, the enormous sand dunes that form the heart of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve are an improbable, unforgettable sight. The dunes, as curvaceous as Rubens' nudes, stretch for more than 30 square miles. Because they're made of sand, the dunes' very existence seem tenuous, as if they might blow away before your eyes, yet they're solid enough to withstand 440,000 years of Mother Nature—and the modern stress of hikers and saucer-riding thrill seekers.
There are no hotels, motels, or lodges in the park. The nearest lodge is right outside the park entrance, and there are many... read more
There are no dining establishments in the park. In the visitor center and at the campground there are vending machines with... read more
Things To Do in Great Sand Dunes National Park
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Dune climbing: Trek through the 30 square miles of main dunes in this landlocked dune field. Unrivaled diversity: You can... Read more
Great Sand Dunes: The Shape of the Wind, by Stephen Trimble, covers dune history, ecology, scenery, and wildlife. The... Read more
Great Sand Dunes has one campground, open year-round. During weekends in the summer, it can fill up with RVs and tents by midafternoon.... Read more
The salty wetlands are dotted with sedges, rushes, and other plants that are tolerant of changes in water salinity and levels, while the... Read more
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