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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (U.S.)

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Milky Way over Dunes. Photo: NPS/Patrick Meyers

Great Sand Dunes

Designated

2019

Category

International Dark Sky Park

Address

11999 State Highway 150
Mosca, CO 81146
USA

Contact

Eric Valencia
Website

Land Area

603.1 km2

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About

The 603.1 sq. km. (232.9 sq. mile) Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve contains the tallest sand dunes in North America and is located in south-central Colorado. According to NPS monitoring data, Great Sand Dunes is one of the quietest NPS sites and enjoys extremely pristine night skies owing to its remote location. Furthermore, the Park is also well-known for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. Additional attractions at the Park include: the backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains and ample trails which lead to forests, wetlands, and alpine lakes.

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