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Address: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, CO

A small creek providing water to the sand dunes area.

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The Creek that Surges

This creek exist in symbiosis with the Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding Santo de Cristo mountains. In the spring it's flowing much like any other medium-sized creek, yet it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
washington state

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washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This creek exist in symbiosis with the Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding Santo de Cristo mountains. In the spring it's flowing much like any other medium-sized creek, yet it "surges" with waves up to a foot high! In summer and fall the creek reduces and diminishes, flowing first on the surface, then disappearing beneath...only to re-appear 50 meters farther... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We spent 2 days visiting the Park and nearby Zapata Falls and really enjoyed it. It is a very serene place and great for kite flying. I could have stayed longer and hiked the creek and more of the dunes. It's a wonderful family-friendly place because everyone (old and young) can play simply without spending tons of money. Some people... More 

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

We loved Medano Creek the first time and again on this visit. It is shallow for wading and flows over sand. It might be wide or narrow or dried up (later in summer), depending when you go. It is great for kids to play... And teen/adults, too...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

The stream goes in front of the dunes, the dunes if you are from lower elevation good luck you are 8000 ft above sea level, also the sand is soft very hard to climb In if you are older be careful with the walk. Look for Bob at the visitor center he has a solar telescope to see the sun,... More 

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Edgewood, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Little Medano Creek is something that must be crossed to hike the Great Sand Dunes. The water was very warm, but if you don't want your feet to get wet, be sure you're wearing waterproof hikers. Even at its low point in July, wading was involved. :) Beautiful contrast to the huge sand dunes and rocky peaks in the distance.... More 

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Washington, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Our family, especially our 13 yr old son enjoyed the trickle of water that still came running past GSD. This late in July I didn't expect winter snow run off to still be coming off the nearby Sangre De Cristo Mountains but whether it was from a recent rainfall or slow snow melt, there was still a steady shallow stream... More 

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Pueblo, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

We visited late in the season for a significant flow in the creek but the views are incredible and you get a real sense for what it would all look like when the snow is melting and the flows are much more significant. Clearing a relaxing break after walking to and from the dunes.

Thank Bill B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

We have been to the Great Sand Dunes before, but that year was too dry, so we didn't get to wade and play. It's just a fantastic experience!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Worth seeing while traveling southern Colorado the weather here was a nice 80 degrees with a mild wind. Great Day.

Thank Pearl W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

We drove to the National Park where the creek and sand dunes were located. It's not a huge park, so very "doable" in a day. The weather was beautiful and the experience was so much fun. You walk through the trees after parking and there is this very interesting shallow creek to wade through. Lots and lots of people sitting... More 

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