The Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of Colorado’s most unique and mysteriously beautiful tourist attractions. The dunes were formed through a natural geological process. The sand was essentially left behind by prehistoric lakes that had dried up. This mass then started blowing towards the Sangre Cristo Mountains, and slowly developed into crescent-shaped dunes that we know today.
It was Lt. Zebulon Pike who inadvertently discovered the dunes. In 1930, there was a gold mill established at the area but the venture slowly ended when locals and regulatory bodies protested for the sight to be conserved. Hence, in order to preserve the Great Sand Dunes, in 1932, a protection bill was drawn by President Herbert Hoover to preserve the land. The park was officially established as a national heritage site in 2004, and since then has been a popular attractions for both locals and tourists alike.
Although, the Great Sand Dunes receives visitors throughout the year, the most popular season has been from May to June. This is the peak of springtime and one of the best times to visit the seasonal stream at the Medano Creek. With so many natural and man-made attractions at the dune-fields, the place has a fantastic Visitor’s Centre that offers a 20-minute movie about the park, exhibit areas with photography and exquisite paintings, and an elaborate Park store with souvenirs and informational goods! With so much to offer, let’s explore this beautiful vacation spot!