Medano Creek is often referred to as Colorado’s Natural beach, as it forms at the foot of the Great Sand Dunes (within the park) and creates an incredibly fun venue for visitors to splash around, picnic, and sometimes even float down in rafts. Since the river is fed by the surrounding mountain's snowpack, the best time to enjoy the river is typically spring and early summer. The month of May typically marks the river’s peak flow time.
Build a sandcastle, go skim boarding, or tube down the river for the full experience.
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