Exploring the amazing Sand Dunes National Park a most unexpected gem

Sand dunes are a recognizable feature of deserts – most of us have seen those sweeping panoramas in the film, Lawrence of Arabia. And there are notable deserts in the USA, for example the Mojave. But we did not expect to find such impressive examples of sand dunes in Colorado (which to be fair has plenty of deserts … but most people think mountains and snow).

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley.

Location: Hours: Fees: 
Mailing Address:
Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150
Mosca, CO 81146P: (719) 378-6395
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.

7-Day Pass
Non-Commercial Vehicle and Occupants: $25
Oversized Vehicle, 15+ passengers, age 16+: $15/person
Motorcycle and Riders: $20

Jack and Emily loved the sand dunes, running up them and tumbling back down. Even for these experienced sand dune fiends these towering banks were a real challenge.  After a couple of hours they were exhausted and we retreated to the visitor center to cool down and it gave them the chance to add another Junior Ranger badge to their already impressive collection.

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