This is a make-your-own hike through the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve. Starting and exit points are suggested for a hike across the east side of the dune mass and back along Medano Creek. A few plants and various insects live in the dunes. Making footprints and seeing the patterns are great fun, as is sliding down the dunes. Hiking in the sand takes a lot of energy, but it’s an experience you won’t soon forget! Fall is a beautiful time to visit. Watch out for thunderstorms —lightning is extremely dangerous on the dunes!
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Duration||3 - 6 hours|
|Season||Open year round, but sands can be extremely hot in summer|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,040 ft|
|Top Elevation||8,690 ft|
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