4 Things to do Colorado Sand Dunes National Park
The first thing you can do at this fine park is to hike through it. This is NOT like the Grand Canyon where you go to the edge and just look. Here, you can hike through an amazing 30 square miles of dunes as you wish since there are no designated trails so you are free to roam. Hiking through the dunes is also accessible for those who are in wheelchairs they have special wheelchairs specifically for climbing over the dunes. You can also go hike through the forested area around the dunes with nice shade and an amazing view. Obviously, experiencing the dunes underfoot and enjoying sand, here in Colorado, is one of the most popular things to do there.
The second thing you can do is sand-board or sand-sled which is a very enjoyable thing especially for the kids in all of us. It is just like snow-boarding and sledding but on sand. You have to have the boards and sleds specifically for sand the reason why is because these things are specifically made for sand for the best sliding experience. Using things other than the board and sled isn’t allowed for your safety and since the sand might scratch anything else. There are rentals at the shop near the parking lot and you can purchase them if you want. This is the most popular thing to do with the kids in this park.
The third thing you can do is splash around in Medano Creek. Medano Creek is a seasonal creek that people just luve. Usually in late summer the water levels are low and dry. You can do many things there that are not mechanical (Mechanical items aren’t allowed.) like splashing, surfing, wading through it, sand castle building, floating, and sand sculpting. It is a nice refreshing thing to do in the hot dunes. Springtime the water levels tend to be higher due to the winter run-off.
The fourth thing to do is to is to go to the shop and learn at the Visitor Center. You can watch a short 20 minute movie about the park. You can also go through the intractable exhibits which are educational and fun, and go to the book store and get some nice souvenirs. I recommend you also enjoy the amazing art and photography, or go to the back porch and observe the park through a viewing scope. There are restrooms, water fountains, and snacks. It is an enjoyable place to learn about the great Colorado sand dunes.
Looking for the absolute best way to spend your visit in Colorado?
It is a huge destination for not only tourists, but people moving to the state for the first time. And there is a lot of things to do! Hiking, biking, even boating believe it or not, but what is the best things you can do to experience what all of Colorado has to offer? THAT is the question. And it’s a good one too because as tour guides we’ve chosen the top 3, unique things that you should, nay, must do when in Colorado.
Shoot a full-auto machine gun –
WHAT!!?? Yes, you read that right. You can rent and shoot fully automatic firearms right here in Colorado. Just west of Denver is a rare find of a gem, Alan S. who used to work for Steve Jobs alongside Robert K @ apple, believe it or not. He was also moonlighting on the side teaching government officials how to use their weapons. It became such a passion of his he left the corporate world and opened up his own gun store and offers “adventure shoots” of his huge arsenal of firearms. Want to shoot an M-16? No problem. The Rambo gun? Sure. An Uzi from the Terminator, got you covered. So not only can you be in a state where you can fire a weapon, but you can also live out your adventure movie dreams.
Visit Downtown –
Most of you have heard of Denver, right? So yes, we do have a large city right here in the middle of our state. And there is a TON to do here. It could be shopping, hitting up the nightlife, fine dining, whatever you feel like doing. You can even check out Mile-Hi stadium, Molly Brown’s home, the Brown Palace, the theater, the list goes on and on.
Most of you may not know, but at a mile high, the atmosphere is a little thin up here. So if you plan on drinking we recommend getting a party bus to take you from place to place because you well feel it twice as fast as normal!
Cannabis Tours –
Ok, ok, YES weed is legal in Colorado. So you can tour the dispensaries, check out the grow facilities and sample what you can only get in a few states legally as much or as little as you like. The industry has turned into not only big business, but huge and any questions you have can be answered here on your visit.
So there you go, 3 of the most bizarre, fun and unique things you can do while visiting Colorado and the Denver area. Feel free to contact us and help you setup any of these things, or a whole list of others while you are here.