Against the backdrop of rugged 14,000' peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains—the 30 square mile sand dune field, with no designated trails—invites you on an adventure. The natural system of the Park ranges from great sand dunes to forests, from cottonwood groves to majestic mountain peaks and tundra. The highest elevation in the park is 13,604' above sea level. The Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and campground areas are at about 8,200'.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park doubles as a Dark Sky Park by night, inviting visitors to take in the celestial show in the sky. Recognized with the designation in 2019, the park has become an increasingly popular destination for those searching for a unique yet inspiring outdoor experience. After a day of sandboarding, hiking, and swimming in Medano Creek, visiting the park after dark is really an entirely new journey.
Learn more about how to experience the Great Sand Dunes National Park here.