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Description: A small creek providing water to the sand dunes area.

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Fun to play in after being in the dune fields.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Lakewood, Colorado
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Lakewood, Colorado
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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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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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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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I was very surprised by this little creek. It is so unusual. Go to the visitor center first. They will explain about the creek and the dunes and why they are the way they are. The water is very cold, even in July, because it comes from the mountains. It is an unusual phenomenon. The dunes are amazing, impressive and... More 

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Belton, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

WE have visited Alamosa and the Sand Dunes several times and because of the drought no water in the creek this time it was perfect certainly well worth the wait. The fact you can get the creek, the dunes the beautiful mountains in the background is really awe inspiring. So just be patient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We rode into the Great Sand Dunes National Park on our motorcycle. Not many roads to ride. Best stop at Medano Creek and wade across to the dunes. They also have a nice picnic area there.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was a stormy day when we visited, but the sun came out and l waded across the water was freezing!!! and if l stood still l sank into the sand but it was fun.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Not sure why I can't find a separate listing for just the Great Sand Dunes National Park, because that is the real highlight here, but the creek is fun too! On the day we went last week, in mid-July, the creek is very, very shallow - just up to our ankles if that, but all 7 in our party (adult... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you can make it out to the dunes in the early summer this is the most fun place to bring your kids. The water can be cold int he early morning since it's running down from the mountains but usually warms up by 10-11am (though parking might be tough to find by then). Bring sand toys and inflatables for... More 

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Westville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is the creek you have to cross before you get to the big dunes at GSDNP. it's very shallow, but the most interesting thing about it is it "surges". I've never seen a creek do that before, especially in a land locked state. Be sure & go to the visitor center & watch the film. It explains this phenom... More 

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