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Great Sand Dunes
Visitor Center 11999 Highway 150
Mosca
CO
81146
Tel: 719-378-6399

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Explore the tallest dunes in North America! Whether hiking, sliding, exploring in a dunes wheelchair - or simply playing - the Great Sand Dunes are a unique wilderness area protected for all to enjoy. Find out how these dunes were formed.The Great Sand Dunes were made for kids! You can play in the sand, roll or slide down a dune, splash in Medano Creek in spring and early summer, hike in the mountains, see cool interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center, and earn a Junior Ranger badge. There are no poisonous animals or insects in the dunes - they are safe for all ages. Many ranger programs and the bison tours are kid-friendly; ask at the Visitor Center for the best programs for kids during your stay in the park.
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The Junior Ranger Program at Great Sand Dunes is designed for kids ages 3-12, with activities for each age group. Complete the sections in the booklet for your age group, and earn a badge or a patch! Booklets require a minimum stay in the park of two hours for completion. Video Microscope to view sand grains NPS Photo by Patrick Myers Interactive exhibits such as the Video Microscope bring science learning to life in the Discovery Room at Great Sand Dunes. Interactive Exhibits help kids of all ages learn about the park in the Discovery Room at the Visitor Center. Some exhibits are available all year, while others are by reservation only for groups. A geology rock and mineral table, small lightning tube, and other exhibits make learning fun for pre-schoolers to adults. Call our education specialist at 719-378-6344 for details. Junior Ranger Day 2007 NPS Photo Hundreds of kids turned out for Junior Ranger Day in 2007; 2008\\\'s day should be even bigger! Junior Ranger Day 2008 Join us June 14 for a day of fun learning activities for kids. Crafts, outdoor skills, kid-friendly ranger programs, sand castle building, sand sculpturing and more! .

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    Great Sand Dunes is a must see National Park.
    I have been to just about all of the National Parks and this one is special, like they all are in their own way. It's location is relatively obscure tucked up against some of the highest peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range. It was a thrill as we got closer and closer to the park from the west across the large valley, and we were able to see the extent of the sand dunes and how unique and big they were.
    It's off the typical route one would take if traveling through Colorado, but worth the extra time.
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    This is truly a Great American Gem. Very neat park and the views are ever changing. Stayed at the Oasis Camp ground and could just watch the suns effect on the sand all afternoon. Great family spot and a fun place to be.

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    One of my best friends too me there back about 5 years ago and it still has left an impression on me. I can't wait to go back!

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    DO NOT USE GOOGLE Maps to get here. However, once you do actually get here its awesome. Off road trails to great camp sites, some free if you like roughing it. Then are the sand dunes, great time all around.

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    Wonderful place to see; many years ago I skied them! Now they rent sand boards and sand sleds outside the park at the Oasis. Just beware the wind - if it's windy and you can pick another day, do so. Otherwise you'll be sandblasted!

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by Andrew Brackbill

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Great Sand Dunes is a must see National Park.
I have been to just about all of the National Parks and this one is special, like they all are in their own way. It's location is relatively obscure tucked up against some of the highest peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Range. It was a thrill as we got closer and closer to the park from the west across the large valley, and we were able to see the extent of the sand dunes and how unique and big they were.
It's off the typical route one would take if traveling through Colorado, but worth the extra time.
The dunes are about 750' high. I hiked to the top of one of the higher dunes and the view was spectacular across the huge valley to the west and looking up to the mountain peaks behind me. There was no sound but the wind. One of the coolest things I have done is descending the dunes by running as fast as I could. I had no fear of falling even on very steep slopes as the sand was a cushion and slowed the decent. Kind of like running on air.
The dunes section of the park can be seen in a few hours. We visited in middle of September, so it was not so hot.
Definitely worth the trip.

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