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

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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...

Bison Tour

  • Tour–Sight

The Nature Conservancy, an international nonprofit conservation organization, owns a 103,000-acre ranch that includes a herd of roughly...

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...

Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center

  • Information Center

View exhibits and artwork, browse in the bookstore, and watch a 20-minute film with an overview of the dunes. Rangers are on hand to...

High Dune

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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...

Junior Ranger Programs

  • Tour–Sight

In summer, children ages 3 through 12 can join age-appropriate activities to learn about plants, animals, and the park's ecology, and...

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...

Medano Pass Primitive Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

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...


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