Sand Sledding at Great Sand Dunes National Park - Days 32 & 33

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Mesa Verde was gorgeous and rich in history, but when we headed to the Great Sand Dunes National Park it was for some good clean fun. The scenery here is gorgeous, with the smooth sand dunes backed by towering mountains. This was only a two night stop, but the boys had a blast sledding in the sand. Since we don't have snow in Florida and the boys have never seen it, this was the only opportunity they have ever had to ride a sled.

The night we arrived, things were looking like they might storm. The wind was blowing hard, and the clouds rolled in fast. While it didn't rain, the clouds did make for a brilliant sunset. The sand sleds can be rented at a little place outside the park, but they are $20 a day, so the first night, the boys and I walked down to the dunes from the campground and the climbed into a huge black garbage back to roll down the dunes in.


We woke up bright and early the next morning to stop by the visitor's center and see the displays they have there. This is always one of the boys' favorite parts of each stop. They can usually spend a good while going through exhibits in the centers. Here, they learned that the sand was magnetic. If you took a magnet and ran it over the sand, bits of black magnetized particles would come out and onto the magnet. They really got a kick out of that.









 After exploring for a while we rented a sled and headed out to the dunes. Be sure to take plenty of water and prepare for a good workout, it isn't so easy getting up the dunes, but sledding down sure it fun! We took a few breaks, but the day was mostly spent on the dunes. We attended a ranger program and the boys got to hold a little critter that lives deep under the sand.



The campground within the park is really nice. They do not have showers there, which kind of stinks since you are covered in sand, but there are cold water showers like you would see at the beach outside of the bathrooms down at the dunes. The views at the campsites are well worth the inconvenience of no showers though. There is a $15 entry fee for the carload into the park that is good for a week, and the Pinyon Flats Campsites are available for $20 per night.

Have you ever been sand sledding before?

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21 comments

  1. Your photos look amazing, love all the details.

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  2. I love the sunset in your picture.You said it was getting ready to storm but it looks so serene.

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  3. Great pictures. It sounds like you're having a great time.

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  4. How cool! I only saw this in the movies and didn't think it was a real thing. How did you find out about adventures like this?

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  5. Wow I never knew you could slide down sand. That does look like a workout.

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  6. This looks and sounds awesome!

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  7. Those sand dunes are so impressive! I never knew you could slide down sand like that.

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  8. I have always wanted to see a "sea" of sand like that. It's so amazing.

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  9. I haven't done it but my daughter did a few years ago on a camping trip with my parents. They LOOOOVED it!

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  10. I had no idea you can do that in the sand. Thats Fabulous!!!

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  11. Those dunes are incredible. For some reason it reminds me of Star Wars

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  12. This is so awesome!! I bet your boys loved it!

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  13. I've never been sledding before- on snow or sand. Looks like so much fun!

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  14. Seeing this makes me feel like taking a road trip soon. There is so much we have to see.

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  15. I've been sand sledding but only because I fell while trying to run down the dunes! But THAT looks like a BLAST!

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  16. I have been wanting to do this with my family for a long time! What fun!

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  17. That looks like sooo much fun!

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  18. How cool is that!? I've definitely never been sand sledding before.

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  19. As someone who lives where there's more snow than sand, that looks like a lot of fun! You don't have to worry about all the drawbacks of snow too.

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  20. I haven't even heard of sand sledding before, that looks super cool!

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