• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

Animals

View of tundra, forest, dunes, and grasslands from 13,297' Mt. Herard

From the tundra of 13,297 feet (4053m) Mount Herard, you can view the  many ecosystems of the park and preserve; each is habitat to a variety of species.

NPS/Patrick Myers

The Great Sand Dunes geological system includes alpine lakes and tundra, forests, dunes, creeks, grasslands, and wetlands. This is one of the most biologically diverse parks in North America.

Follow the links above to learn about some of the diverse animals that thrive in this park and preserve.

Did You Know?

Surge flow, Medano Creek

Medano Creek, flowing at the base of Great Sand Dunes, is one of the few and best places in the world to experience "surge flow", where creek water comes in rhythmic waves. More...