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

  • Sat, Sep 27 On Saturday September 27, Chokurei Farm & Ranch will present the 2nd Annual SLV Yaktoberfest on the Challenger Golf Course just outside of Crestone. The festival will host...

  • Sat, Sep 27 Craft vendors, youth activities, live auction, music, and fun! All in the historical town of Saguache.

  • Sat, Sep 27 Alamosa Parks & Rec,the SLV Disc Golf Association, and the ASU Rex Activity Center are proud sponsors of the 3rd Annual Valley High Disc Golf Tournament. It will...

  • 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

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