Visit to Colorado

Visit to Colorado


38,659 acres. Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and next to Rio Grande National Forest, in south-central Colorado, this is a huge area of sand dunes. Among them are the highest dunes in the country, nearly 700 feet tall.

Activities: There are a few trails for hiking and backpacking outside of the dune area. Most of the Monument is trail-less, however, requiring crosscountry travel. Horseback riding is permitted.

Cam ping Regulations: Backcountry camping is allowed at two designated sites, and also throughout the western part of the Monument, beyond the main dunes. A free permit must be obtained from the visitor center. Campfires are prohibited.

For Further Information: Great Sand Dunes National Monument, 11500 Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146;(719)378-2312.

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