Whether you splash in Medano Creek, slide down the dunes, go birdwatching in wetlands, or ascend a 13,000' peak, you'll discover many kinds of wilderness recreation at Great Sand Dunes. Follow the links below for a sample of things to do outdoors:
Medano Pass Primitive Road (high-clearance 4WD only)
Zapata Falls Recreation Area, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, San Luis Lakes State Park and Wildlife Area, wetlands, historic sites, museums, a scenic byway and more.
While hunting is not permitted anywhere in Great Sand Dunes National Park, licensed hunters may hunt in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve during designated legal seasons. Click "view map" from any page on this website to view a map showing park and preserve boundaries.
Did You Know?
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...