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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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Los Angeles, California
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724 reviews 724 reviews
343 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW 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
8 attraction reviews
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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South Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

When I think of a national park, mountains and forests come to mind. This is a different kind of beauty. These are the tallest dunes in North America. The sand is brown, not white. There is hiking, sand sledding, Medano Creek, photography, camping, and wildlife watching. In the summer the temperature is quite hot. We were here in February. There... More

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Pine, Colorado
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Your first view of the dunes is almost surreal. At times the dunes against the sky look like a painting. The climb to the High Dune is strenuous, but worth it. It's just short of 3 miles, but the climb gains 610 feet in elevation quickly, and hiking on sand is much more grueling. This is a unique experience.

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Denver, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

It's just... sand. I expected that, but my son had no idea. ;) It was a lot of fun, he brought a boogie board, and was upset when we had to leave. It's definitely unique and an interesting experience to feel that super soft sand between your toes - we don't have a lot of that in CO.

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Bremerton, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Imagine looking across the horizon to see large expanses of desert-like sand dunes that you'd expect in Egypt, stretching for miles, and just above the dunes, snow-capped mountains! So many great opportunities for photos! I did the popular hike up several dunes to the highest point, which is significantly more strenuous than it appears, especially if you came unprepared like... More

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