After having gone to White Sands National Monument as well as Mesquite Flats Desert at Fatality Valley, we believed we could handle hiking up the dunes at Great Desert National Forest. Well. the dunes were enormous and also we felt like passing out mid-hike. The Great Sand Dunes are the tallest in North America and you instantly feel tiny when you see them.
9 MATTERS TO DO AT GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL FOREST
1. WALKING TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE DUNE YOU TIN!
” High Dune” is on the very first ridge, and also unlike how it looks, it’s not the tallest in the park yet still takes quite some initiative to rise! It sits at 699 feet and takes approximately 2 hrs big salami to hike. If you have the moment and energy, Star Dune is another mile as well as a half away as well as is the tallest dune in North America at 750 feet from base to top. It takes about 5 hrs round trip to arrive.
On top of High Dune at Great Desert National Park Colorado – house of the highest sand dunes in The United States and Canada// localadventurer.com
2. SANDBOARDING AND ALSO SAND SLEDDING
The most one-of-a-kind as well as enjoyable thing to do at Great Sand Dunes is sandboarding. They don’t do services at the park, so you have to rent special sand boards or sleds off-site, however it’s so worth the stop! We got a board and sled at Kristi Hill Sports in Alamosa, that are the only ones that rent out equipment year round. The personnel was really handy as well as experienced, and they kept their gear in excellent condition.
Sandboarding really felt a whole lot like snowboarding and also the dunes were steep and also terrifying initially. Jacob mastered it fast, while my sandboarding abilities were equally as great as my snowboarding skills, which implied great deals of falling on my butt. Fun times! Eventually, I decided to simply sled.
3. SPLASH AROUND IN MEDANO CREEK
The creek leaves the dunes and you have to cross it to reach the dunes. Throughout the late Spring as well as very early Summer period, the flow is much higher as well as attracts a lot of folks just to play in the water and go tubes.
Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Forest Colorado – in the very early summertime the flow of the creek is wonderful for tubes// localadventurer.com
4. DRIVE DEEP RIGHT INTO THE PARK IN A 4WD
Medano Primitive Road will give you accessibility to the remote portions of the park as well as maintain. You do need a 4WD lorry with high clearance as it obtains harsh and sandy.
5. EXPERIENCE THE NIGHT
Get a backcountry license and also camp throughout the moon. It will certainly give you an absolutely various experience. If you’re not right into outdoor camping, you can still come by during the night to watch the dunes from afar. We took this 6 sec direct exposure lit by moonlight from our camping site, Great Desert Sanctuary.
6. FIRE ENDLESS PHOTOS
The dunes are frequently altering, which provides you endless possibilities for pictures! During our see, winds picked up during sundown and we were able to see the sand shift and also remove any kind of existing impacts. Pro-tip: Make sure to bring something to secure your cam if it gets too windy. Jacob’s electronic camera broke that day from the sand blowing in.
7. EXPLORE THE PARK ON HORSEBACK
A lot of the park can be checked out by means of horseback. You can cover a great deal more ground and get a possibility to see more of the dunes. Inspect online as well as with the site visitors facility for policies and also standards.
8. GO FAT BIKING
Sadly, you can not ride your bike in many places in the park, yet you can go fat cycling on the Medano Primitive Roadway. These special bikes with fat tires help you survive the surface without hurting the landscape.
9. STOP BY THE SITE VISITOR FACILITY
The site visitor center can be a fantastic resource for the present conditions of the park as well as they can aim you in the right direction, so you can maximize your time in the park. A great deal of the rangers discover by themselves as well as may recognize covert treasures that you won’t find in the pamphlets.
BONUS: WALKING TO ZAPATA DROPS
Although it’s not within the park, this is a preferred hike that lies roughly 5 miles from the entry of the park. The roadway to the trailhead is a harsh, washboard 3-mile drive, and the walk is just one-mile big salami. During the summer, you will have to pitch in the creek via a port canyon to see the falls. In the wintertime, the creek freezes over partially.
Have you gone to any kind of dunes? What activity passions you most? Would you attempt sandboarding?