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THE DUNES (Great Sand Dunes National Park)

What are the "Sand Dunes"?

While it may be one of Colorado’s less-trafficked parks, Great Sand Dunes National Park is nothing to sleep on. This national treasure can only be described as other-worldly. From a distance, the dunes don’t seem like much to write home about, but when you step foot onto the sand, your mind will be blown. Sandy mounds for as far as you can see, and if that’s not enough, it’s surrounded by those signature Colorado mountains.

Girl walking through the Great Sand Dunes National Park

What's the best way to enjoy the dunes?

One of the best parts of the sand dunes, in our opinion, is that it can be as lax or intense as you want it to be. It’s kid-friendly if you want to just romp around in the sand and take in the views or enjoy a picnic. But, if you’re looking for a challenge, you can hike up some of the more daunting ridges, where you will find even more unbelievable views and get yourself a real nice leg workout.

Picture of a persons back sitting on the sand dunes looking at the mountains

Tips & Tricks!

Here are some of our tips and tricks for getting the best experience:

  • Bring snacks and a picnic! The dunes are wayyyyy out there in the middle of nowhere, and you will not find any restaurants or even fast food. You’re going to want to eat after all that hiking! And while you’re at it, don’t forget water- you will need to hydrate!
  • We’d recommend either high top shoes, chacos, or no shoes at all! Regular shoes will fill with sand SO fast, so plan accordingly.
  • There may be bugs during the rainy season, especially in the evening. Have some bug spray so that you don’t get eaten up!
  • Bring a sled if you’re looking to add a little thrill to your adventure!
  • Watch the sunset- there’s nothing quite like it, and you’ll feel like you’re on another planet.
  • If you plan on camping make sure to call ahead and check availability!

Picture of the Great Sand Dunes National Park with Colorado mountains in the background

Explore Responsibly!

As always, we implore you to explore responsibly! Be sure to apply these Leave No Trace Principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.