The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Today, we took the quick drive from San Luis Lakes State Park to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. We didn’t opt to stay in the National Park here since they didn’t really have many suitable sites for RV’s and the State Park was very convenient with hook-ups!

We got a late start despite the fact that we are an hour ahead so we decided to hike the Mosca Pass Trail instead of the sand dunes. You really don’t want to be out on the dunes during the hottest part of the day.

The Mosca Pass Trail climbs 1,400 feet over about 3.5 miles. Once again, we felt the elevation but it wasn’t too bad – the hike just felt a lot longer than 7 miles in total! There were pretty wild flowers and open meadows as we hiked through the mountain pass. We saw a flock of grouse with a few wild turkeys. I thought I saw a kangaroo rat but they are supposedly only out on the dunes.

Tomorrow, we are driving to Antonito for a ride on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway. We will go back to the Great Sand Dunes National Park to hike the sand dunes on Wednesday. Then we head to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Colorado/Utah Trip Stats

Miles Hiked Today: 7
Miles Hiked in Total: 9
Natl Parks/Monuments Visited Today: 1
Natl Parks/Monuments in Total: 2
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