sand-dunes

  • Southern Colorado
  • Established September 13, 2004
  • 134 square miles

It’s estimated that the Great Sand Dunes were born 440,000 years ago. But there’s no accurate way to date sand. So, who knows? What we do know is that sand is made up of tiny, discrete, inert grains, and yet together they form something dynamic and alive. From a distance the dunes can look like waves, or even lithe bodies. They shift and move, resist and evade, advance and surrender. At 750 feet high, the Great Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in North America.

All this sand calls people to play and, let’s face it, very few of us play enough. This is perhaps the best reason to visit the Great Sand Dunes. For play. Sandcastle-building is a common activity. Skiing and sledding down the dunes is something that happens, and we suggest making it happen for you. To keep you company along the way, there are bald eagles, hummingbirds, salamanders, frogs, bighorn sheep, and skunks. Don’t worry. The skunks aren’t going to come spray you while you’re busy building your sandcastle. But maybe they’ll suggest an extra turret.

We recommend combining a visit to the Great Sand Dunes with a visit to other national parks in the region, and we can put together an itinerary that helps you do just that. Whether it’s hiking, horseback riding or—yes—sandcastle-building, we are here to help you absolutely love your trip to the Great Sand Dunes. As always, we arrange for you to stay in the best and most luxurious local accommodations.