• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

Outdoor Activities

Boy Sandboarding

Sandboarding and sand sledding can be fun, but only with the right equipment and conditions. Learn more on the Sandboarding/Sand Sledding page.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Featured Activity: Sandboarding and Sand Sledding

Learn how to slide on sandboards and sand sleds that are specially designed for use on sand. A short video, rental information, and tips for sliding at Great Sand Dunes are all on the Sandboarding/Sand Sledding Page!

Medano Creek Children

Water, sand and mountains make for diverse outdoor opportunities at Great Sand Dunes!

NPS/Patrick Myers

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 Creek Information, Flow Forecast, and Current Conditions

Hiking and Backpacking



Exploring Grasslands and Wetlands

Horseback Riding

Ranger-led Programs and Events


Kids' Activities

Accessible Activities

General Information About Each Season (Weather, Conditions, Activities, Available Services, etc.)

Autumn at Great Sand Dunes

Aspens along the Medano Pass Primitive Road are especially beautiful in autumn.

NPS Photo

Medano Pass Primitive Road (high-clearance 4WD only)

Girl in Zapata Falls

Zapata Falls is the most popular nearby attraction.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Nearby Attractions

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.

Woman bowhunting

Hunting Regulations and Access
for Great Sand Dunes National Preserve

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.

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