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Dunes Parking Lot to Campground Connector Trail

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 2.5 (2)

A flat trail paralleling Medano Creek from the parking lot to the Campground connector trail.


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0.6

Miles

0.9

KM

Point to Point

8,143' 2,482 m

High

8,063' 2,458 m

Low

80' 24 m

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3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

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Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This short trail is a great way to hike along the base of the dunes without having to get your feet wet in Medano Creek. While the soil is still sandy, you are traversing along what is equivalent to the "bank"of the river and will be heading through stands of narrow-leaf cottonwoods and other sand sheet vegetation.

From this trail, there are a variety of access points to head out on the dunes and hike along the creek or start hiking up the dunes themselves. Or if you would prefer to stay on firmer ground, you can connect to the Dunes Access from Campground Trail and climb back up to the foothills for a longer hike.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly grasses, shrubs, and cacti such as rabbitbrush, prickly pear, and yucca. Depending on the time of year, you may see Prairie sunflowers which are common in late summer in the park's grasslands, and also grow on the dunes themselves.

Elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, rabbits, coyotes, kangaroo rats, bullsnakes, short-horned lizards, and a variety of birds such as hawks and vesper sparrows.

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Kristen Arendt

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Photos

Beautiful flowers in the dunes.
Jan 9, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Super Maya jumping for joy at the Sand Dunes
Sep 29, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Colorado Great Sand Dunes NP
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO
A short cut out to the dunes.
Feb 17, 2016 near Crestone, CO
yellow sage
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO
Look for People on Dunes!
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO

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