Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Sunset over Great Sand Dunes National Park
Sunset over Great Sand Dunes. Photo: Grant Ordelheide

Is this south central Colorado or the Sahara? It’s not always easy to tell at this unique park where the continent’s tallest sand dunes join the rugged Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Wander, sled or sand-ski among the dunes, or, even better, backpack out to camp in the sand.