Great Sand Dunes National Park is situated near the city of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. It was established as a national park in 2004 on September 13 by Congress and covers almost 70 square miles. Over 250,000 vistors visit the park annually. The park is home to the largest sand dune on the continent. The Dunes are created by wind blowing sediment from the Rio Grande flood plain. Wide ranges of temperature exist in the dunes between the night and day. They are considered a High Desert region but have much milder temperatures than typical High Desert areas. Daytime temperatures will average above 94 F during the day in the summer months and lows dropping to under 0 F during the night in the winter months. Lakes, Mountains, and Forests also exist in the park.
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On September 16, 2019, the National Park Service (NPS) released its Record of Decision for the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Ungulate Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (UMP EIS). This is a public comprehensive plan to manage elk and bison in the park.
Ascending the ridgeline that will eventually take us up Star Dune (aka High Dune), Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. Star Dune is to the left, out of the photo. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/