The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Address
1199 Hwy 150, , , 81146
Telephone
719-378-6300

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The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve features the tallest dunes in North America and is just 35 miles northeast of Alamosa. It is an easy drive by U.S. 160 and Colorado 150 from the south, or from Colorado 17 and Country Lane 6 from the west.

Against the backdrop of rugged 14,000-foot peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the 30-square mile dune field, with no designated trails, invites you to explore freely. The natural system of the Park ranges from sand dunes to forests, from cottonwood groves to majestic mountain peaks and tundra. The highest elevation in the park is 13,604'. Play in intermittent Medano Creek, hike forest trails, or camp in the back country. The Visitor Center and Campground areas are about 8200' above sea level.

The Park is open 24 hours a day, all year. Consult the official Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve web site for information on hours, fees, and camping reservations. There are many events from May through September including the Summer Concert Series, and Junior Ranger Day. Also, try your hand at Sandboarding, skiing or sledding. For information on sandboards, call Kristi Mountain Sports, (719) 589-9759.

The extensive web site includes information on geology, hydrology, ecology, and cultural history. There are materials for teachers and kids.

The Friends of the Dunes is a very active support organization.

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Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Aug 29 7am The town of Creede invites you to come celebrate Labor Day weekend with them! Starting out the fun will be their 4th Annual Balloon Festival on Friday...

  • Sat, Aug 30 10am The Early Iron Car Show is coming to Alamosa on Labor Day Weekend! Come and check out one of the largest vintage car shows in Colorado...

  • Thu, Sep 4 Celebrate at the Great Sand Dunes National Park as they unveil their 2014 quarter! It's part of the U.S. Mint's "America the Beautiful" coin series, and the...

  • Sat, Sep 6 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to bring back their summer concerts known as the Mountain Rails Live Concert Series! September 6 & 7 Suzy Bogguss...

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