Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

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Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

#1 Post by Jay Miller » April 17th, 2019, 8:14 am

I happened to see some pictures and it looked impressive. Worth visiting?

Given various unexpected expenses we're thinking of keeping our vacation domestic this year.
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Re: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

#2 Post by Gordon Fitz » April 17th, 2019, 8:48 am

Been there on a couple of occasions. Interesting phenomenon and Park with great panaramic views. It’s not conveniently located close to anything. We’ve stopped by in route to camping trips in southern CO.

One is trudging up high sand dunes. It is not easy walking so carry plenty of water. Go in the morning before the sand heats up to much. Don’t go on a windy day or whenever rain or bad weather is predicted. Your out in the open, after leaving the display area. There is no shelter and no convenients. Walking back down hill isn’t much easier than walking out uphill. The sand is not sand like on a beach, but tiny particles of abrasive rocks that have blown from the beautiful mountains surrounding the area. It’s neither barefoot nor sandals sand. Wear good hiking shoes with socks.

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Re: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

#3 Post by Mel Hill » April 17th, 2019, 8:52 am

we live a couple of hours north and have been once. Gordon's advice is spot on!
Going there during the surge flow is pretty cool if your timing works out
https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/medano-creek.htm
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Re: Anyone been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

#4 Post by Jay Miller » April 17th, 2019, 10:25 am

Thanks Gordon and Mel! I was considering a drive up from Santa Fe or to somewhere in Colorado (or vice versa) with multiple stops along the way.

But still very preliminary.
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