The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra.
Explore anything from dune trails, where you can climb the "high dune," to forested trails under the aspens and evergreens, to alpine trails, and back down to trails that wind through grasslands, shrublands, and wetlands! Great Sand Dunes really does have it all!
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Posted by JohnH on April 2, 2012
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Reviews of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Reviewed by berlyb on January 4, 2013
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Unbelievable. Sights you do not want to miss. The creek runs through in later spring when the snow is melting in the peaks. Hikes up onto the dunes can take a few hours if you're going to the top. Bring a sled, snowboard, or frisbee to break the monotony of hiking in the sand.
Zapata Falls is a very short hike that is well worth it. Look for the Point of Interest sign to the right shortly before the entrance of the National Park. Drive up the dirt road until you reach a small parking lot. Hike to the creek and then head right up THROUGH the cold creek. You'll reach a beautiful waterfall/cave.
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Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on May 17, 2012
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This is definitely one of the most unheard of and underrated national parks in the country. It totally exceeded my expectations and it is so diverse. The giant sand dunes make you feel like you're in Saudi Arabia. Then there is Medano Creek that flows at the base of the dunes from May through August. Then there are the 14,000 ft. snow covered mountain peaks in the background. There are multiple nature trail throughout the park and of course the trail up the dunes. The place is amazing.
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