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#28 of 60 national parks in United States of America

Best trails in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve ranging from 1.5 to 25.1 miles and from 8,061 to 11,532 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has the tallest dunes in North America, formed by sand deposits of the Rio Grande. Many are over 750 feet tall! However, the park is not limited to sand dunes, there are also grasslands, shrublands and wetlands, alpine lakes, six 13,000-foot mountains, and ancient forests. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round, but Visitor Center hours can vary. See here for more info: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/hours.htm Entrance Fees 7-Day Pass Non-Commercial Vehicle and Occupants: $25 Oversized Vehicle, 15+ passengers, age 16+: $15/person Motorcycle and Riders: $20 Annual Pass Learn more about national interagency annual and lifetime passes on nps.gov. Great Sand Dunes Annual Pass: $45 Interagency Annual Pass (for all federal fee areas): $80 Interagency Senior Annual Pass (62 and older, US citizen): $20 Active Duty Military Annual Pass: Free Interagency Annual Pass for 4th graders and their families: Free with voucher. Lifetime Pass Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass (62 and older, US citizen): $80 Interagency Access Pass (permanently disabled): Free Entrance Fee-Free Days at Great Sand Dunes in 2020 Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Saturday, April 18 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day Tuesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday Saturday, September 26 – National Public Lands Day Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day

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Map of trails in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Park information
Acreage:
42,983 acres
Contact
719-378-6399
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Top trails (16)
#1 - High Dune Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(658)
Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
High Dune trail at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument is not a marked trail. Make your way there the best you can by following the ridges of the dunes on the way. Dogs are allowed on the trail to High Dune and on the front range of Dunes, but they are not allowed past the highest point on High Dune.Show more
#2 - Dunes Trail from Pinyon Flats
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(114)
Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#3 - Mosca Pass Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(207)
Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
#4 - Sand Dunes Loop Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(113)
Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#5 - Upper Sand Creek Lake Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(31)
Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 18 m
#6 - Medano Pass Primitive Road
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(50)
Length: 19.9 mi
#7 - Montville Nature Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(84)
Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 16 m
#8 - High and Star Dune Loop
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(50)
Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
#9 - Dunes Overlook Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(76)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#10 - Dunes Overlook Sand Ramp Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(36)
Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 47 m
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