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

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Colorado's Disappearing River

Medano Creek usually does not flow all year long, but when it does, it provides a grand adventure for old and young alike. Kids can body surf on the creek. The wet sand provides... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Erin S S
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Alamosa, Colorado
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Alamosa, Colorado
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45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Medano Creek usually does not flow all year long, but when it does, it provides a grand adventure for old and young alike. Kids can body surf on the creek. The wet sand provides ample opportunity for building sand sculptures and sand castles. The creek runs through Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve nestled against the Sangre de Cristo... More 

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Chapman, Kansas
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Kids loved the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We rented sand boards and sand sleds from Kristi's Mountain Sports Shop in Alamosa and had a wonderful time. Highly recommend.

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Thank KCChiefsRoyals
Saint Phillip Parish, Antigua
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

This is called Colorado's beach for a reason. Even in September, the water was warm. The creek runs over sand so you just want to take your shoes off and enjoy.

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Missouri
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106 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park is the snow melt that comes off the Sangre de Cristo Mountains nearby. It flows between the parking lot and the dunes themselves in the spring and summer. But by fall it is all but dried up. People come here to spend a day of family fun armed with camp chairs, umbrellas,... More 

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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147 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We hadn't been the the Great Sand Dunes and Little Medano Creek in many years so had forgotten what a fun place it is! Great for kids and adults alike. We creek was way down when we went, but in the Spring and early Summer months it can be a very nice little river! - it's only ever about a... More 

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Thank Jan S
Fort Worth, Texas
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

At the foot of the Great Sand Dunes, this creek as not flowing more than an inch at this time of year but delightful still

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Thank CStogsdill
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

The area was so unreal! So beautiful! My 5 yr old loved taking his shoes off and playing in the water. Its a good way to cool off after climbing the sand dunes! You can also park right next to the creek for free. A local told me that right before thinking I had to hike to the creek.

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Thank Bianca A
Lakewood, Colorado
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The creek was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. After climbing around the sandy, hot, and dusty dunes, we played in the water. At this time of year, the creek was only a half inch deep. The water was warm and fun to splash around in. I can imagine its popularity more at the beginning of spring. Be... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I've been to the sand dunes 3 times now and the water varies from none existent to calf deep. Because it's snow melt it's usually on the cooler side, and for those families who don't feel like hiking the sand dunes but still want to enjoy the park, the creek is a fun place to visit. I saw families with... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Go early in the morning to avoid afternoon monsoon storms, which are largely inevitable every summer day. Most clear out after an hour. Hike the Dunes, but carry plenty of water and be prepared to hoof it to High Dune up steep sand ridges that quickly tire you out. The views are worth it. The heat is worth it. I... More 

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