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Address: Alamosa, CO
Description: A small creek providing water to the sand dunes area.

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The spring run-off makes a natural waterpark on the sand!

The creek runs across the sand dunes every spring and picks up in early summer as the runoff increases out of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. It is only an inch or two deep... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The creek runs across the sand dunes every spring and picks up in early summer as the runoff increases out of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. It is only an inch or two deep and about twenty feet wide, and is hours of beach-like entertainment for kids and families! Bear in mind...as the runoff deepens, it comes down COLD.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It is still early to have much water, but we really enjoyed playing at Medano Creek. Watch and LISTEN for the surge flow - micro hydrodynamics at work.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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289 reviews 289 reviews
70 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Coming from New Zealand we are familiar with surfing on sand dunes and wanted to see what these are like. the sand is dark not white as it comes form the mountains. the surfing is great and it is also wonderful just to hike the dunes. We arrived shortly before sundown which was amazing. There was a full moon which... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Medano Creek is part of the Great Sand Dunes. The Dunes are spectacular!!! Tallest sand dunes in U.S. Highly recommend.

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Alamosa, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

This is by far one of the best and easiest ways to have a great day in Colorado in late Spring- just time it right and go to the Dunes when Medano creek is flowing and it's like your own little beach complete with wading pools and cool crisp flowing water. It doesn't get any more wholesome or simple than... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you go at the right time (we went with the kids in late April), it's like a day at the beach. Water was a few feet deep max and pretty easy to navigate across.

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Magnolia, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Little Medano Creek is at the base of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. You have to walk through it to get onto the dunes. The day we were here a major rain storm came up along with thunder and lightening. The rain provided enough water to really move the water in the creek, only to slow to a trickle... More 

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Cabool, Missouri
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205 reviews 205 reviews
71 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We traveled to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and went to the Little Medano Creek area, with the Sand Dunes and the Sangre De Christo Mountains framed behind it. Really enjoyed the three dimensional, Creek, Dunes, Mountains.

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Denver, CO
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Once done with the sand sledding, we played at the creek. My little girl, who I will call pigpen was in her element. She immediately immersed herself in the low flowing water of the creek and got as sandy as one person could get. I'm glad I didn't overlook the swimsuits. There is a restroom in the parking lot with... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is not what I would consider an attraction. I had pictured a real creek, where my boys could splash around and have water fights or whatever, but this is just a tiny stream that was totally dry in most places. It felt nice to walk through because the sand was so hot, but it really isn't big enough to... More 

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