Holidays in Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park featuring desert views and a sunset as well as a couple

Landscapes collide with mesmerizing effect as rugged mountains and some of the largest sand dunes in North America converge.

Climb to the top of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve’s slopes of fine sand. Slide back down at exhilarating speeds. Navigate rocky trails and float along pristine waters of a gentle stream.

See 30 square miles (48 square kilometers) of deep sands sandwiched between snow-dusted mountain ranges and a micro-desert. Dunes continually rise and fall as streams carry sediment down western mountains. Prevailing winds blow sand from dried river beds against the foothills to the east to pack into dunes.

Climb the giant sand piles anywhere in the park. Borrow a dunes-accessible wheelchair if needed. At 700 feet (213 meters), the highest dunes require a strenuous climb and provide views well worth the effort. Looking east, the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains appear to loom just beyond the sand. In the opposite direction, impressive peaks of the more distant San Juan Mountains soar skyward.

Before you arrive, rent sleds or sand-boards from San Luis Valley stores. Take photos from the top of the dunes and make a video as you take the exciting ride to the bottom. Hike at night on the dunes during a full moon and camp in this unique setting under a clear, dark sky.

Follow your desert expedition with a refreshing dip in Medano Creek during springtime snowmelt. This pristine waterway appears out of place in the sands, but is an ideal place to swim or float along the gentle current on an inflatable toy.

Walk beneath thick pines lining the Montville Nature Trail. For a rigorous hike, climb Mount Herard past several alpine lakes and look down at the dunes from the 13,297-foot (4,053-meter) peak.

Great Sand Dunes National Park is in southern Colorado, a 4-hour drive south of Denver and similar distance north of Albuquerque. Pay a small entrance fee. The park is open year-round although the sand gets scorching hot on summer days.

Make U.S. national parks your choice for affordable adventure for all types of travelers. Slip and slide in the sand just like a child on your trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

185 Cheap Hotels Near Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
2 out of 5
7900 CO-150, Mosca, CO
Situated in Mosca, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Great Sand Dunes National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and Pinyon ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (38 reviews)
"This property is located in a breathtaking spot with views of the Sand Dunes. The staff was kind, knowledgable, welcoming and helpful. The rooms were comfortable and clean. Breakfast was wonderful. We really enjoyed ourselves!"

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Warm and Inviting Cabin near Great Sand Dunes
Warm and Inviting Cabin near Great Sand Dunes
105 Indian Hill Rd, Mosca, CO
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Zapata Falls, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. ...
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Malachite River Ranch
Malachite River Ranch
4330 Co Rd 550, Gardner, CO
Situated in Gardner, this apartment building is 13.1 mi (21 km) from Mosca Pass and within 32 miles (52 km) of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Museum of Friends. ...
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Malachite River Ranch
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Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
2 out of 5
7900 CO-150, Mosca, CO
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Warm and Inviting Cabin near Great Sand Dunes
Warm and Inviting Cabin near Great Sand Dunes
105 Indian Hill Rd, Mosca, CO
Warm and Inviting Cabin near Great Sand Dunes
Malachite River Ranch
Malachite River Ranch
4330 Co Rd 550, Gardner, CO
Malachite River Ranch
Beautiful SW Style Home Near Great Sand Dunes, Hot Springs, Hiking
Beautiful SW Style Home Near Great Sand Dunes, Hot Springs, Hiking
4222 Al Fresco Way, Crestone, CO
Beautiful SW Style Home Near Great Sand Dunes, Hot Springs, Hiking
Rustic Rook Resort Great Sand Dunes
Rustic Rook Resort Great Sand Dunes
2.5 out of 5
13254 Lane 5 N, Mosca, CO
Rustic Rook Resort Great Sand Dunes
Elk Haus Cabin, 5BR, 2.5 Bath, Pool Table, Sleeps 10-12, Super Private
Elk Haus Cabin, 5BR, 2.5 Bath, Pool Table, Sleeps 10-12, Super Private
1631 Co Rd 550, Gardner, CO
Elk Haus Cabin, 5BR, 2.5 Bath, Pool Table, Sleeps 10-12, Super Private
Gorgeous, quiet strawbale home
Gorgeous, quiet strawbale home
2831 N Carefree Way, Crestone, CO
Gorgeous, quiet strawbale home
Stunning Mt Blanca.
Stunning Mt Blanca.
13970 Mm12th St, Blanca, CO
Stunning Mt Blanca.
The Birdhouse - Cozy, Studio Apartment
The Birdhouse - Cozy, Studio Apartment
Crestone, CO
The Birdhouse - Cozy, Studio Apartment
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