Great Sand Dunes National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
107,000 acres
Annual Visitation
254,674 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
September 13, 2004
Entrance Fee
$3 per person per week
Time Zone
Mountain
Lowest Elevation
7,520 feet near San Luis Lakes
Highest Elevation
13,604 feet at Tijeras Peak
Lowest Average Temp
8F in January
Record Low Temp
-25F in 1963
Highest Average Temp
80F in July
Record High Temp
96F in 1982
Our Last Visit
July 2007

Park Contact Information

Great Sand Dunes National Park
11999 Highway 50, Mosca, CO 81146
Info at (719) 378-6300
Fax to (719) 378-6310

Park Creation Timeline

1932
In 1932 President Herbert Hoover signs the proclamation creating Great Sand Dunes National Monument, which included only the dunefield.
2000
On November 22, 2000, President Bill Clinton signs the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act, with the ultimate goal of creating a national park.
2004
On September 13, 2004, President George W. Bush signs the bill officially creating the national park.

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include pronghorn, rocky mountain elk, black bears, mountain lions, bison, and bighorn sheep. Smaller mammals include wolverines, kangaroo rats, marmots, and pikas.
Reptiles include bullsnakes, smooth green snakes, western garter snakes, short-horned lizards, plateau lizards, many-lined skinks, and painted turtles. Amphibians include tiger salamanders, Great Plains and Woodhouse's toads
With over 6,000 feet of vertical relief, the park is home to a wide variety of plant zones. Saltgrass, rabbitbrush, prickly pear and yucca are at the lower elevations. The standard pinyon-juniper woodlands are found at the base of the mountains. Further up the mountains are douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine and aspen. Spruce is even further up, and above treeline the tundra exists.


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