Tucked away in south-central Colorado are North America’s tallest sand dunes. The diversity of the park goes far beyond the dunes, though: alpine lakes, tundra, and high forests also help define the park.
We spent four days here in August 2015. Our highlights include camping in the dunefield, picnicking beside Upper Sand Creek Lake, and climbing High Dune.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, “Four Days in the Dunes”
- Our article, “6 Eccentricities of Great Sand Dunes”
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Explore the dunes (+ climb High Dune if you want a challenge)
- Learn about the formation of the dunes at the Visitor Center
- Hike a trail in the alpine or sub-alpine area
- Camp overnight in the dunefield (free backcountry pass required)
- Hike a lesser-known trail like Music Pass
- Hike to Star Dune, the tallest dune
- Take a 4-wheel-drive through the rough roads of the park
- Zapata Falls State Park
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.