Great Sand Dunes National Park is open year round with the scenery and landscapes being equally as breathtaking in winter as in summertime visit. Just a short drive from I-25 to Hwy 160 west leads you to the San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes Country. From Hwy 160, outside the small town of Blanca, Hwy 150 heads north right to the Sand Dunes. As you near the entrance to the Sand Dunes, the cascading slopes of snow covered sand magically appear against the bright blue winter sky. Although sunshine is generally abundant, temperatures will be cool so be sure to dress in layers. Even in the wintertime, a short walk out to the base of the dunes is a must! While at the Dunes, be sure to stop into the Visitor Center to check out the informational exhibits.
Close to the Sand Dunes, you will find Zapata Falls. Even in the wintertime, the falls are a site to behold! A short, uphill walk will lead you the falls, but be very careful, once you reach the stream, it will be icy and slippery. The falls freeze over in the wintertime offering amazing photo opportunities or even ice climbing for the more adventurous!
After an invigorating day enjoying the great outdoors, head to the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, for a relaxing swim and soak. The hot well water enters the 150,000 gallon pool at 118 degrees and the pool's temperature is maintained between 98 and 102 degrees depending on the season. The adjoining 24 person therapy pool stays a consistent 108 to 109 degrees.