Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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VISIT Great Sand Dunes National Park:

Located in southern Colorado, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is flanked to the east by the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. At the heart of the park is the remarkable dune field that features sand mounds over 700 feet high. The sands are constantly changing and shifting, with daily winds, water, and even gravity.

Places to Stay While Visiting

There are no lodging options inside the park, other than Pinion Flats Campground. Alamosa is the nearest town with the most amenities. The Great Sand Dunes Lodge in Mosca is 23 miles away from the park’s entrance.

  • Mosca, CO (23 miles away)
  • Fort Garland, CO (30 miles)
  • Alamosa, CO (34 miles)
  • Monte Vista, CO (43 miles)

Park Details

Great Sand Dunes National Park was established on March 17, 1932, and has a total area of 107,342 acres (168 square miles, or 435 square kilometers).

Address Visitor Center, Mosca, CO, 81146
Phone719 378-6395
HoursOpen all year, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee$25 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Great Sand Dunes National Park is the 106th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park are September, October, May & June.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits4,8244,74816,15231,13484,669123,564116,37790,49859,89544,51516,9039,335
Precipitation152335414440706430251816
Avg Temp373847566677807872614737
Max Temp474959687785878480726150
Avg Temp161926314047545445342416
Min Temp-219192535474732207-6
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Great Sand Dunes National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Great Sand Dunes National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Arches & Canyonlands7927
Rocky Mountains, Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Great Sand Dunes7917

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

NameDistance
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument82 mi
Capulin Volcano National Monument107 mi
Curecanti National Recreation Area110 mi
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site116 mi
Fort Union National Monument129 mi
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park133 mi
Manhattan Project National Historical Park137 mi
Valles Caldera National Preserve139 mi
Bandelier National Monument142 mi
White River National Forest144 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Great Sand Dunes National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Pinyon Flats - Sand Dunes National MonumentMosca, CO more 1 miles
San Luis State ParkMosca, CO more 13 miles
North Crestone CreekCrestone, CO more 22 miles
AlvaradoWestcliffe, CO more 24 miles
St. CharlesCO more 30 miles
La Vista - Lake IsabelColorado City, CO more 30 miles
Southside - Lake IsabelPueblo, CO more 30 miles
Ophir CreekColorado City, CO more 32 miles
DavenportColorado City, CO more 33 miles
Bear LakeLa Veta, CO more 35 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Great Sand Dunes National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Red RiverRed River, NM10,350 ft45%70 mi
MonarchSalida, CO11,952 ft51%71 mi
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO11,904 ft50%72 mi
Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley, NM12,481 ft83%89 mi
Angel FireAngel Fire, NM10,677 ft50%94 mi
PowderhornPowderhorn, CO9,850 ft58%94 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Great Sand Dunes National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO154 mi
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT405 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ470 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO28 mi
Pueblo Memorial AirportPUBPueblo, CO67 mi
City of Colorado Springs Municipal AirportCOSColorado Springs, CO86 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO126 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO152 mi
Grand Junction Regional AirportGJTGrand Junction, CO189 mi
Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM196 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.