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 Friends of the Dunes is a very active support organization.