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Tough but well worth it

Hiking on sand is tough, and it could be tougher combined with blowing wind and sand. But the... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
It was hot

My sons wanted to climb the dunes. My daughter and I thought we would at least walk over to them... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
Amy B
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

Hiking on sand is tough, and it could be tougher combined with blowing wind and sand. But the views from the top of the dunes are awesome. Of course the best part was hiking down from the top; in spite of feet sinking in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Previa1994
Reviewed 24 July 2018

My sons wanted to climb the dunes. My daughter and I thought we would at least walk over to them. It was very hot unless there was a lucky break of a cloud floating over. The sand is hot and deep. It is tough to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 July 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank oishifoodie
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

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank jpetty311
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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank crystalcoast717
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

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank stephen g
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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank greenham01
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.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Cropduster2153
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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank reneej465
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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29 May 2017|
Response from Sarahblove |
Rent boards for $20 at the Oasis just before you get to the park.
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.
Nici D
1 August 2016|
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.