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Places to Visit After Great Sand Dunes National Park

The tallest dunes in North America, Great Sand Dunes National Park encompasses a vast area of sand dunes, forest, grasslands, wetlands, and more. Once you’ve had your fill of exploring this unique national park, be sure to check out the following destinations to continue your journey! 

Denver – Under 4 hours outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park, Denver is the capital of Colorado and is home to a bustling metropolitan city along with fantastic ski resorts and sweeping landscapes. Rife with museums, restaurants, and shops to explore, Denver makes for the perfect next stop on your trip.

Zapata Falls – A charming hike to these magnificent falls begins just outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park. The short trek provides spectacular views of the nearby dune fields and the San Luis Valley. Don’t forget to bring waterproof shoes with good traction!

Colorado Springs – A high elevation city at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is known for its magnificent natural attractions, including Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods Park, the Broadmoor Seven Falls, and more. Just 3.5 hours outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park, you’ll be glad you added Colorado Springs to your trip.

Rio Grande National Forest – This fascinating national forest isn’t far from Great Sand Dunes National Park, and encompasses the San Luis Valley, the Rio Grande River, and the San Juan Mountains. This off the beaten path destination will be an excellent addition to your trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Colorado National Monument – A breathtaking area situated on the Colorado Plateau, the Colorado National Monument boasts gorgeous sandstone rock formations. Offering incredible views and providing a wonderful natural respite, you’ll definitely want to add this national monument onto your trip.