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High Dune Trail

Great Sand Dunes Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, CO
+1 719-378-6300
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Go Early: it gets hot

I remember coming here as a kid. Came with my wife and dog during near record breaking highs in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
oishifoodie
Rare Hike

I hiked this trail Memorial Day weekend 2018. I arrived at the trail parking lot about 8:55am and... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
jpetty311
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Sunray, Texas
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Great Sand Dunes Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, CO
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I remember coming here as a kid. Came with my wife and dog during near record breaking highs in june: in the 90s. Which means at noon the sand is 120 degrees. We were really concerned about the dog's paws but with booties on she...More

1  Thank oishifoodie
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

I hiked this trail Memorial Day weekend 2018. I arrived at the trail parking lot about 8:55am and the lot was half full. By the time I left around 11:45am the lot was full and cars were parking all the way back to the turn...More

Thank jpetty311
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Our National Parks protect beautiful places and this one is so special. Worth it to hike out into the dunes whether you just go a little ways or to the highest one and beyond! Let your inner kid out and have fun running and jumping...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

There are no trails among the dunes. There are point of interest that change every few weeks, but there is no established trail. That's one of the best parts about GSD NP, you are free to make your own trail to wherever you want on...More

2  Thank lord-xeon
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Amazing place - one would not think of sand dunes in the middle of Colorado - never been to the Sahara, but I could imagine a slice of the Saharan sand dunes here! No "trails" to follow as we hiked up to the top -...More

1  Thank greenham01
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Come visit some of the sand dunes in this unlikely place. Startling in their vast starkness, but very beautiful at the same time.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

My husband and I hiked up to the High Dune on the Front Range. He described it as hiking up the down escalator! :-) With every step we slid back a half-step. It was a lot of effort and it took a while, but totally...More

Thank Renee J
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We added this to our Outdoor sporting trip to CO and UT this summer. We were trying to hit all the possible outdoor sports in a 10 day window. We had never Sand Boarded but have Snowboarded for several years. We rented the Sand Boards...More

Thank Vols84
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Between the altitude and trying to carry out two kids up the dunes, we only made it about halfway!! Loved it though! Next time I'm in Colorado I want to come again!

Thank curlgurl2007
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

We hiked this early in the day. There's no marked trail but you can see which ways most people go and decide for yourself. We chose to try to stay on a ridge so that we wouldn have to go up and down as often....More

1  Thank Jessica F
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G0G0Gone
29 May 2017|
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Rent boards for $20 at the Oasis just before you get to the park.
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20 March 2017|
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Response from D D | Reviewed this property |
I would also recommend a stop at Creede Colorado, the valley approaching it is absolutely beautiful, and Creede is definitely unique.
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Nici D
1 August 2016|
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Response from solerpowered | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Alamosa the night before we went to great sand dunes. The town doesn't have much to see but it made for a much shorter drive and a longer day available at the park and we were glad for that.
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