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The tallest dunes in North America are up to 750 feet tall and neighbor grasslands, shrublands and wetlands. They were formed by sand deposits of the Rio Grande on the San Luis Valley, and the park also has alpine lakes, six 13,000-foot mountains, and ancient forests.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy but interesting. Good for the end of a long day.

hiking
1 month ago

Love the Sand Dunes! There's really no "trail" to speak of, just miles of sand and dunes. It's a lot of work getting to the tops of the high dunes, and the expanse of the area makes distances rather deceiving. In summertime, it's good to start out early, before sunrise. The dunes are much less crowded then, and the sand won't burn your feet.

Nice that the creek crosses midway. Kids did well, dogs paws hurt on the return.

hiking
2 months ago

The first half (heading counter-clockwise) may have been light to moderate, but coming back across the dunes was hard! Literally walking up the steepest, off-camber walls of sand, trying not to look down, getting breathless within seconds - very taxing and tedious but worth the work! We had the most amazing views and the feeling of being on a vast desert mountain in the sky made it seem otherworldly! Walking along the creek barefoot at the end was the perfect ending to an amazing hike! Expect: wind, lots of sand in your shoes, a feeling as though there isn't really a "trail" to follow because there isn't really (using this app in real time helped). Wear: gaiters, a hat, lots of sunscreen. Bring: strong right hamstrings (or left if going clockwise).

One of my favorite places to hike. I've hiked along the dunes, Medano creek and in the forested areas to the East. The dunes were created due to high wind, so take that into consideration while packing your gear. This National Park is a gem and a must-visit location. Visit the interactive Ranger station and bring your camera for sunset shadows on the dunes.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty trail in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Amazing views of the dunes from the top lookout spot. Combine this loop trail with Mosca Pass Trail to make more of a journey!

hiking
3 months ago

Sweet trail in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I combined this trail with the Montville nature loop trail to add a bit more to it. Overall easy trail with awesome, variable terrain and great views.

Tough hike, really no trail, your kinda at the mercy of the dunes, walking in sand is always "2 steps forward, 1 step back" bring your "A" game for this, even if it isn't a real long hike

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Moderate elevation change. Wildlife at the lake have been fed by hikers too much and are aggressive with begging. Water crossings are somewhat treacherous after storms. Be prepared to set up emergency shelter. I wont be doing this trail again.

hiking
4 months ago

I didn't make it all the way to the top because it got too windy, but it was fun! Be careful when it gets super windy though... that sand can be painful.

hiking
4 months ago

My daughter and had a great day hiking this trail. It was the first time on this trail for us. It is well defined and beautiful from start to finish going from rocky hillside to wooded areas to open meadows,etc. My one recommendation is bring LOTS of bug spray. The mosquitos are intense!!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hard to get good footing but super rewarding at the top! Plus running back down to the bottom is a blast too!