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

  • Mon, Sep 29 12pm Nationally known paper artist Megan Singleton will be Artist in Residence at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve September 29th through October 15th. As part of...

  • Sat, Oct 4 Beer and Bratwurst will be served in time to German Oompa Band music as the train winds through the mountain passes. Get your tickets at www.coloradotrains.com

  • Sat, Oct 4 The 11th Annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K Run/Walk will be held at Alamosa's Cole Park on October 4th at 9:45AM. To pre-register it's $30.00, to register the...

  • Sat, Oct 11 A full day of events in Historic Downtown Saguache! 5K Cannibal Crawl, Rib Cook-Off, Bear & Mustache Contest, Pumpkin Toss, Beer Garden, Old Fashioned Children's Games, Chocolate Festival,...

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