Great Sand Dunes National Park

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

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  • 1. Mosca Pass Trail


    This moderately challenging route follows the Montville Trail laid out centuries ago by Native Americans, which became the Mosca Pass toll road...Read More

  • 2. 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 National...Read More

  • 3. Fort Garland Museum

    Military Sight

    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...Read More

  • 4. High Dune


    This isn't the park's highest dune, but it's high enough in the dune field to provide a view of all the dunes from its summit. It's on the first...Read More

  • 5. Hike to High Dune


    Get a panoramic view of all the surrounding dunes from the top of High Dune. Since there's no formal path, the smartest approach is to zigzag...Read More

  • 6. Manassa, San Luis, and Fort Garland Loop

    Scenic Drive

    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 95 miles...Read More

  • 7. Medano Pass Primitive Road

    Scenic Drive

    This 22-mile road connects Great Sand Dunes with the Wet Mountain Valley and Highway 69 on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains via...Read More

  • 8. Mosca Creek

    Other Attraction

    Great Sand Dunes National Park's only picnic area is shaded by cottonwood trees with easy access to the sand and seasonal creek. It has a dozen...Read More

  • 9. 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 Park...Read More

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