The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

1199 Hwy 150, , , 81146


The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a world-class destination featuring 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' above sea level. The Visitor Center and campground areas are at about 8,200'.

What can you do there?

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 fees and camping reservations. There are many events from May through September including the Summer Concert Series and Junior Ranger Day.

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

You can help support the dunes at Friends of the Dunes.


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Upcoming Events

  • 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...

  • Sat, Feb 14 Entrance fees at all national park areas will be waived several times in 2015

  • 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...

  • Sat, Apr 18 America's Best Idea — the national parks — is even better when it's free! Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2015:

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