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Great Sand Dunes National Park

11500 Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Mosca
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Geologic Formations, Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Hiking, Driving, Camping
Description: Offers North America's largest sand dunes.
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Great Sand Dunes is a cool place to check out. It is a bit a drive off the highway and away from gas/stores/food, etc., though, so make sure you have plenty before heading for the park. The views of the dunes contrast boldly against the stark outline of the mountains. We went during March, so the weather was actuallly... More

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We hiked up the tallest dune in a unique park unlike any other. You park 1 1/2 miles from the summit. Cross a lovely shallow creek barefoot ( many kids playing beach games w Grammas). The sand is clean. Fine. The rock collecting from the mountain wash is excellent. Then the hike.. Oh. My. If it's windy over 10 mph... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is great experience and something to do that is certainly different for your average day trip. The dunes provide an opportunity to explore at your own pace. You will get pictures and views that you really can't get in a lot of places. It will remind you of another country and it's in the middle of Colorado. Walking to... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you visit, make sure you are in great shape as the hike to the top is challenging. However if you're not up to hike, rent boards and ski down the dunes. In April, the sand temp is tolerable enough to walk around without shoes. Caution, you have to cross a creek to get to the dunes so wear waterproof... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

This is an unexpected beach in the mountains! Use caution in the summer when sand temperatures can reach as high has 140F. Bring a sled and sled down the dunes. Take a nature walk. Take a hike. Splash in the creek-yes, bring your swimsuit. There are showers, too! Explore the mountains, forest, meadows and dunes area. Free junior ranger program... More

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This was an absolutely amazing place. The rangers were nice, and everything was good. Me and my 10 year old hiked to the top first and loved the view, and my wife hiked up in a second wave. Our 7 year old was too pooped to make it to the top but still got a nice view. The next day... More

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed hiking to the top of the dune. We really felt like we accomplished something after the strenuous and challenging hike up. Coming down was easier and a lot of fun. At times it felt like we were on a strange planet.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

In the summer the dunes can be brutal since the heat up fast. They were perfect in March with the snow covered Sangre del cristo in the background. The main parking lot is closed but lot of parking and a close walk from the picnic grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Our family camped two nights in the park area (no electric, no water faucets, and no showers) Our family took several trips out to the dunes, one of which was to the top. These conditions and activities are not for the Zsa Zsa types (aka: Me!). BUT there is a very nice hotel with a great view just down the... More

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

An American gem in a remote setting. Please take your family here at least once. We have made 5 trips in 15 years and continue to be amazed with the beauty, uniqueness of the sand dunes, the setting, the river, the remoteness. An excellent side trip for the day from Four Corners or Royal Gorge or even Pikes Peak. Trust... More

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