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Great Sand Dunes National Park

11999 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9798
+1 719-378-6300
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4 hours from Denver

There’s a local saying that you’ll find Colorado about 100 miles out of Denver. Some truth to that... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ColoradoBen1
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Denver, Colorado
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Must do for active families!

The Sand Dunes was the reason my family came to this part of Colorado. I remembered visiting them... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amy C
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“visitor center” (71 reviews)
“medano creek” (51 reviews)
“rent boards” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
11999 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146-9798
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+1 719-378-6300
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"visitor center"
in 71 reviews
"medano creek"
in 51 reviews
"rent boards"
in 10 reviews
"sand board"
in 32 reviews
"gets hot"
in 16 reviews
"sangre de cristo mountains"
in 14 reviews
"wear shoes"
in 11 reviews
"slide down"
in 6 reviews
"flowing water"
in 6 reviews
"shallow river"
in 7 reviews
"mountain sports"
in 11 reviews
"amazing sight"
in 7 reviews
"early summer"
in 8 reviews
"natural wonder"
in 11 reviews
"snow capped mountains"
in 9 reviews
"mountain range"
in 9 reviews
"bring lots of water"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There’s a local saying that you’ll find Colorado about 100 miles out of Denver. Some truth to that and then some. This corner of CO in the San Luis Valley is part of the real CO as part of what was Spanish or Mexican territory...More

Thank ColoradoBen1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sand Dunes was the reason my family came to this part of Colorado. I remembered visiting them as a kid and having a blast, and I was disappointed this time! Keep in mind that there is a lot of walking and hiking and it...More

2  Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park is a photographers delight. We, my wife and I, made wonderful photos in this very beautiful National Park in the south of Colorado. There is only one paved road in the park and that road ends soon after you have passed the park...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Early morning and dusk are great opportunities to walk and observe light, shadow, and wildlife at the dunes. The fresh air and fragrances of desert plants just add to the experience. It's a perfect place for quiet activities.

Thank Marti S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most of our gang had fun surfing the dunes but all ten of us are in agreement that the Park could communicate more effectively about the extreme conditions. They have signs posted to drink water and that the sand is hot but that’s it. It...More

Thank summerslide
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Great Sand Dunes NP in late June 2018. Due to wildfires, we had to take a detour to get there. The kids enjoyed the visitor center and earning their junior ranger badge. We rented a sand sled & sand board to use on...More

Thank Jessica E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an absolutely amazing place! My husband and I arrived around 8 a.m. which was perfect because there weren't too many people and the sand wasn't hot yet. It's recommended to bring closed-toed shoes especially because the sand can get hot and will burn...More

Thank CarrLotMama
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were excited to be coming back to the Sand Dunes after many years away. The rangers at the park are very friendly and helpful. Our 10 year old was excited to earn another Jr. Ranger badge. Make sure you start out in the morning...More

Thank Paula S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone says to arrive early since the sand gets very hot. My wife and I didn't do that good but we got there around 10:30 A.M. There were already many people on the dunes and I mean high up so they had been here awhile....More

Thank Larry T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed a night in the Lodge to get an early start on our hikes. We did two fun hikes: 1 in the woods and 1 on the dunes. It was helpful to have our hiking poles, especially for the sand dunes. The visitor station...More

Thank Lenny S
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Iowagirl495
13 August 2018|
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Response from glenn d | Reviewed this property |
YES, but sometime the sand burns, so take dog booties and poop baggies, if not you'll get a ticket, there are park rangers that walk around. They have to be on a leash also...
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Jerri W
12 August 2018|
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Response from glenn d | Reviewed this property |
Some people go to the first Dune rise, about 200 yard from the parking lot. Remember higher you go up and sled down, the more you have to climb to ride again....take water.
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John H
17 July 2018|
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Response from traveling69bill | Reviewed this property |
There was some rain in the forecast earlier this week. So, there is a possibility that Medano Creek may get a little flow, but it has been so dry, I would not be surprised if the "no flow" conditions from late June still... More
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