Great Sand Dunes National Park Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Great Sand Dunes National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Less than an hour's drive southwest of Great Sand Dunes is a sanctuary for songbirds, waterbirds, and raptors (it's also home to many...

Colorado Field Institute

  • Educational Institution

This nonprofit teams up with the experts at the park and other area organizations, such as the Rio Grande National Forest, San Luis Valley...

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

  • Tour–Sight

Take a day trip on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, an 1880s steam locomotive that chugs through portions of Colorado's and...

Fort Garland Museum

  • Military Site

Colorado's first military post was established here in 1858 to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley, which was then part of the Territory...

Manassa, San Luis, and Fort Garland Loop

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

To get a real feel for this area, take an easy driving loop from Alamosa through much of the San Luis Valley (the whole trip is about...

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

  • Trail/Path

Just west of the Alamosa wildlife refuge is its sister sanctuary, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre park that's...

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

This railroad carries passengers on excursions between Alamosa and La Veta some weekdays. You can also take a weekend ride from Alamosa...

San Luis Valley History Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This small museum showcases Native American artifacts, photographs, military regalia, and collectibles of early railroading, farming,...

Zapata Falls Recreation Area

If it's a hot day, take a drive to the falls section of the Zapata Falls Recreation Area, about 7 miles south of Great Sand Dunes National...