Desert dunes in the
Rocky Mountains

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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Why locals love it

The tallest sand dunes in North America comprise a landscape reminiscent of the Sahara desert, but located in a valley bound by the scenic peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Unlike any place around for hundreds of miles, the dunes are something of a geologic anamoly. The slopes of soft sand are great fun to climb, jump off, roll around in and explore.

Why you should visit it

Though the dunes aren't located in Denver by any stretch of the imagination, they are an easy drive from the capitol for a weekend sidetrip. Most visitors come to Colorado for the mountains, and you should absolutely see those too, but shamefully few see this truly stunning natural wonder.

Special tip

The 'High Desert' is characterized by extremely variable weather. Make sure it won't be miserably cold or windy before you plan to visit.

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This park is being considered for Wilderness Quiet Park certification by QuietParks.org. See https://www.instagram.com/p/B3R2Z-kAfZh/ This is pretty great news for people who like to explore wilderness areas away from city noise and without blaring music, sport vehicles and air traffic interruptions!
Mr & Mrs
Local
October 7, 2019

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