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.


Must-Do Activities:

  • 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

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures:

  • 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

Nearby Excursions:

  • Zapata Falls State Park

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