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

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Medano Creek

We saw the creek as something you had to wade across to get to the sand dunes. It was cool, but not cold and very clear.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
James L
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Tucson
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Tucson
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We saw the creek as something you had to wade across to get to the sand dunes. It was cool, but not cold and very clear.

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Colorado Springs
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
84 helpful votes 84 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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210 reviews 210 reviews
73 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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