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Address: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, CO

A small creek providing water to the sand dunes area.

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Don't wear shoes

This creek is wide and shallow and a great place for children to play. I would advise against wearing shoes across the river or on the dunes (unless you go in the summer when the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Longmont, Colorado

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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This creek is wide and shallow and a great place for children to play. I would advise against wearing shoes across the river or on the dunes (unless you go in the summer when the sand gets very hot).

Thank mchafterdark
washington state
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355 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 516 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This creek exist in symbiosis with the Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding Santo de Cristo mountains. In the spring it's flowing much like any other medium-sized creek, yet it "surges" with waves up to a foot high! In summer and fall the creek reduces and diminishes, flowing first on the surface, then disappearing beneath...only to re-appear 50 meters farther... More 

3 Thank okeedoke
Bozeman, Montana
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We spent 2 days visiting the Park and nearby Zapata Falls and really enjoyed it. It is a very serene place and great for kite flying. I could have stayed longer and hiked the creek and more of the dunes. It's a wonderful family-friendly place because everyone (old and young) can play simply without spending tons of money. Some people... More 

Thank 33djd
West Springfield, Massachusetts
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We loved Medano Creek the first time and again on this visit. It is shallow for wading and flows over sand. It might be wide or narrow or dried up (later in summer), depending when you go. It is great for kids to play... And teen/adults, too...

Thank travlin_fam5
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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The stream goes in front of the dunes, the dunes if you are from lower elevation good luck you are 8000 ft above sea level, also the sand is soft very hard to climb In if you are older be careful with the walk. Look for Bob at the visitor center he has a solar telescope to see the sun,... More 

Thank amliving
Edgewood, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Little Medano Creek is something that must be crossed to hike the Great Sand Dunes. The water was very warm, but if you don't want your feet to get wet, be sure you're wearing waterproof hikers. Even at its low point in July, wading was involved. :) Beautiful contrast to the huge sand dunes and rocky peaks in the distance.... More 

Thank SoulFan1
Washington, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Our family, especially our 13 yr old son enjoyed the trickle of water that still came running past GSD. This late in July I didn't expect winter snow run off to still be coming off the nearby Sangre De Cristo Mountains but whether it was from a recent rainfall or slow snow melt, there was still a steady shallow stream... More 

Thank simmonsfamily954
Pueblo, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We visited late in the season for a significant flow in the creek but the views are incredible and you get a real sense for what it would all look like when the snow is melting and the flows are much more significant. Clearing a relaxing break after walking to and from the dunes.

Thank Bill B
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We have been to the Great Sand Dunes before, but that year was too dry, so we didn't get to wade and play. It's just a fantastic experience!

Thank Susan C
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Worth seeing while traveling southern Colorado the weather here was a nice 80 degrees with a mild wind. Great Day.

Thank Pearl W

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