High Dune Trail, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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  • This is best part of GSDNP. Whether you reach High Dune or not, walking in the Dunefield is an amazing experience and the thing you come to GSDNP to do. Please note you are hiking in sand and High.....  more
    This is best part of GSDNP. Whether you reach High Dune or not, walking in the Dunefield is an amazing experience and the thing you come to GSDNP to do. Please note you are hiking in sand and High.....  more »
  • It was a beautiful park with great access to the sand dunes. We took our dogs and they enjoyed splashing in the stream. The welcome center was informative and the park rangers were helpful. 
    It was a beautiful park with great access to the sand dunes. We took our dogs and they enjoyed splashing in the stream. The welcome center was informative and the park rangers were helpful.  more »
  • The upper hiking trail for the best view of the dunes was disappointing. It was a hot, rocky trail, and once you get there, the view is blah. I wouldn’t do it again if we had the chance. The best.....  more
    The upper hiking trail for the best view of the dunes was disappointing. It was a hot, rocky trail, and once you get there, the view is blah. I wouldn’t do it again if we had the chance. The best.....  more »
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  • Hike up was challenging in a few steep places, going uphill on sand is no joke. Wind was blowing sand in my face all the time, cover as much of your skin as possible and wear a hood to cover your face. View from the top is worth it, and coming down is a piece of cake. Took me about 2 hours, 90 min going up and 30 min coming down
  • Well worth the effort, if you arrive to the park during the 5 o’clock hour you will have it to yourself and watch the sun rise, spectacular!
  • The most diverse dunes you can ever go to! Take for instance, crossing through a sea to create a beach-like vibe (caused by snow-cap peaks melting), sandboarding to make even better use of dune peaks, mountains everywhere you look, and so much more. This park is a hidden gem and definitely underrated with all that it offers 💯🤙
  • Beautiful and adventurous as always, in any kind of weather, though most especially when Medano Creek is surging above ground in early Summer! The backdrop contrast of sand dune against alpine peaks is mesmerizing. The climb up High Dune is worth it for those wanting to see it all and then to enjoy the ride & run down!
  • A lot of fun running down the dunes, and the view from the top is worth it. Be advised the hike up is plenty challenging!

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