Great Sand Dunes National Monument Things to Do

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  • 1. Sand Dunes

    The Great Sand Dunes is right across the Sangre de Cristo mountains from were my dad was brought up in the Wet Mountain Valley. But there's no road through - you have to go down around the south end...

  • 2. Medano Creek

    Medano Creek is a seasonal creek that flows along the east side of the dune field. Note the difference in the number of plants and animals in this narrow strip of land as opposed to the dune field...

  • 3. Visitor's Center

    On your way to dunes you can stop in Visitor Center. It is small and not so many exhibits there; however, it has a good and easy to understand information about dunes creation. Also you can see a...

  • 4. Many Ecosystems

    There is a lot more here than just the dunes. There are several different ecosystems inside the park. There is an area of alternating salt0encrusted plains and...

  • 5. Have a Picnic

    The park has picnic areas in a few different parts of the park should you wish to dine in the great outdoors. The easiest to access is the one just across the...

  • 6. Wildlife

    If you get away a bit from the crowd, you should be able to see wildlife. Here you can see a deer grazing just below the dunes. There is also some wildlife in...

  • 7. Fort Garland

    Although Fort Garland is not a part of Great Sand Dunes National Park, I include this tip because it is just a few miles on I-160 East from the park. In a...

  • 8. Creek

    Creek of Zapata Falls gives you a great opportunity for pictures. But don’t have many hopes to take pictures of “an excellent view of the entire dunefield and...

  • 9. Zapata Falls

    Zapata Falls were real fun. I would say this is the place must to see; however, there is a trick and brochure let you know about it in vague way saying that...

  • 10. San Luis Lake

    Before coming to Great Sand Dunes National Park I learnt about the beauty of San Luis Lake, so after sand dunes we took are right from County Lane 6, and...

  • 11. Sliding on boards

    I found funny an idea of sliding down the sand dunes on snow boards. I saw some people who took paper boards and tighten string to the front, which served them...

  • 12. Getting there is half the fun?

    The roads into and out of Great Sand Dunes offer beautiful panoramas and a typical western US experience. As you approach the sand dunes they grow from a small...

  • 13. Camping

    As you can see from the picture, tent camping is a very good option here. These campers were set up a few hunded yards away from the stream in a relatively...

  • 14. Flowers

    A surprise to many is how many beautiful flowers you can see in desert areas. This is particularly true after a substantial rainfall in the spring, but as shown...

  • 15. Horseback riding

    Although we actually did not rent a horse here (we did closer to Mesa Verde), it did seem like a great way to explore the dunes and have a great time. This...

  • 16. Life in the Sand Dunes

    There is more life here than one might expect like this pretty flower. It was very interesting to see how plants and animals adapted to the lack of water in...

  • 17. Crocodile Reservoir…

    As you head to the Great Sand Dunes you can stop by a crocodile reservoir! I was also surprise to find this in Colorado…

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