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 via 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' 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, cottonwood groves to majestic mountain peaks, and tundra. The highest elevation in the park is 13,604'. The Visitor Center and campground areas are about 8,200' 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 at (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, Dec 19 5:30pm Get your family in the holiday spirit aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad's A Train to Christmas Town! Elves will be serving hot cocoa and cookies, they'll...

  • Thu, Jan 8 6:30pm The Alamosa Rotary Club is throwing a benefit concert to support Alamosa Rotary Scholarships for Adams State University & Trinidad State Junior College. Performing live will...

  • Fri, Jan 30 Come check out the Alamosa Ice Festival 2015 for some seriously cool fun! Professional ice sculptors come from all over to show off their ice carving talents,just don't...

  • Fri, Mar 13 See thousands of sandhill cranes migrate to the San Luis Valley for their annual "Spring Break" of sorts. Bus tours will be taken with wildlife experts out to...

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