Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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.

Great Sand Dunes National Park Info


Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Finalizes Plan for Managing Elk and Bison

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.

Great Sand Dunes National Park Photos

Early Morning Footprints

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Early Morning Footprints

Early morning on the plain between the parking area and the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Crossing the Dry Creek

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Crossing the Dry Creek

Headed for the dunes early one morning, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Atop Star Dune

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Atop Star Dune

Three of us on top of Star Dune (aka High Dune), the highest sand dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Dunes after Sunrise

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Dunes after Sunrise

Great Sand Dunes shortly after sunrise, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Beginning Upward

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Beginning Upward

Beginning the upward trek to Star Dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Views to the Northwest

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Views to the Northwest

Looking northwest toward the Rockies from Star Dune, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Dancing Down the Dunes

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Dancing Down the Dunes

Jumping down the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Almost at the Top

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Almost at the Top

Almost at the top of Star Dune, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Star Dune Trail Map

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Star Dune Trail Map

Visual trail map and elevation profile for my hike up (and down) Star Dune (aka High Dune) in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Climbing the Ridgeline

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Climbing the Ridgeline

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/

Jumping Down the Dunes

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Jumping Down the Dunes

Jumping down the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Jumping Down Star Dune

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Jumping Down Star Dune

Jumping down the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Great Sand Dunes at Sunset

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Great Sand Dunes at Sunset

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California Peak and Twin Peaks from Star Dune

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California Peak and Twin Peaks from Star Dune

California Peak and Twin Peak from atop Star Dune (aka High Dune), Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Looking Back at the Mountains

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Looking Back at the Mountains

Early morning on the plain between the parking area and the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

California Peak

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California Peak

Looking over the shoulder of Star Dune toward California Peak, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Chillaxing on the Dunes

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Chillaxing on the Dunes

Just like at the beach! Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

Cleveland Peak

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Cleveland Peak

Cleveland Peak and surrounding Mountains from Star Dune (aka High Dune), Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/

About to Head Down

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About to Head Down

Looking back down over the dunes before leaving Star Dune, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For more information, visit www.annestravels.net/star-dune-great-sand-dunes/