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Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park boasts a unique and breathtaking landscape. The park is home to the tallest dunes in North America which are contained by the towering peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the expansive emptiness of the San Luis Valley. The park has a diverse landscape of wetlands, grasslands, aspen and coniferous forests, tundra, and alpine lakes. Visitors can explore this amazing place by climbing the dunes, exploring the variety of beautiful trails, or hanging out and swimming in Medano Creek at the base of the dunes on a warm summer day.

To learn more about Great Sand Dunes National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Great Sand Dunes National Park that are open to mountain bikes. This page serves as a general overview of the area. If you're visiting the park and looking for places to ride, check out the following areas:

Visiting Tips

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Weather at the dunes can be varied and unpredictable so come prepared and check the park's website for more information regarding specific seasonal information and current weather conditions.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
PiƱon Flats Campground is the only campground at Great Sand Dunes National Park and is open April through October. Click here to reserve a campsite.
  • 44 reseravable sites, 44 first come, first served sites, 3 reservable group sites
  • Restrooms with flush toilets and sinks
  • Fire grates and picnic tables

Primitive Camping (4WD Access):
There are 21 primitive campsites along the Medano Pass Primitive Road. All sites are numbered and signed and camping at non-designated spots is prohibited. All sites are first come, first served. For more information regarding camping or driving on Medano Pass Primitive Road visit the park's website.

Backcountry Camping:
Backpacking and backcountry camping are allowed with a free permit which can be obtained at the visitor center. The park's dunes, foothills, and high-alpine terrain offer a wide variety of camping experiences. For information regarding backcountry travel and camping, click here.

Lodging:
There are numerous lodging options within 45 miles of the park. Check out the list of nearby accomodations on the park's website.

Food & Drink

The Oasis Restaurant and Store, located at the main park entrance, is the only restaurant within 25 miles of the park. The Oasis is open April through October. A variety of dining options can be found in the nearby towns of Alamosa, Hooper, Ft. Garland, or Blanca.

Other Activities

Great Sand Dunes National Park offers a variety of activities and ways to explore the park. Whether climbing the dunes, sandboarding or sand sledding down them, splashing in Medano Creek, taking a backcountry camping trip, or simply photographing the dunes, the park offers a great variety of activities. Additionally, the park is surrounded by many open space preserves, wetlands, national wildlife refuges, state parks, and other recreation areas, giving you an opportunity to explore beyond the dunes into the Sangre de Cristo mountains and San Luis Valley. Visit Great Sand Dune's website for more information on the park's other activities.

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