Do you need any reason to travel across the globe? For want of recreation, mechanical life becomes dull and monotonous. With just a small touch of nature, you can regain the vibrant colors of life. A trip to Great Sand Dunes has always been a part of my bucket list.
Miles after miles of sand-covered land surrounded by grassland, wetlands, and alpine lakes, aspen forests are enough to capture your heart. After my recent trip to Colorado, I discovered many things to know before planning a trip to Great Sand Dunes.
To make the best experience on your trip, you must have a detailed knowledge of the tourist spot, an affordable trip plan, essential goods, and recreational activities. We have tried to put all the details in a nutshell for your easy consideration.
Preparatory Phase Activities Before the Trip
If you visit the Great Sand Dunes for the first time, it is normal to leave some important things. You can follow the following stuff to avoid any error during the trip and enjoy a memorable week in your life.
Planning the trip
If you are a Colorado dweller, you can easily hire a cab and reach the destination following the GPS. But those who intend to visit it from other states can join any online hiking group or make a group with their friends and members of the family.
Many hikers group visit the dunes and explore the whole area by cycling for 2 to 3 weeks. Adventure lovers from other countries should check the list of travel agencies to visit the spot.
Check the weather
In summer, the temperature fluctuates in the range from 74-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The sand is extremely hot and possesses a temperature of 150 degrees in the afternoon. The main concern is that heat is trapped in the sand in the daytime, but the temperature drastically falls at night.
In winter, the temperature at noon is a bit low than that in summer, and the temperature fluctuates within 10-45 degrees. But it is freezing cool at night. Besides, in another season like spring, sudden sand storms are common.
According to many tourists, March and April are the best time to visit the dunes. You can enjoy the beauty of the snow in sand land at that time of the year. But if you are going with a team of hikers, winter can be the best option for cycling.
Contact a tour guide
When you visit a tourist spot with a tour guide’s help, you can enjoy maximum associated beautiful spots in minimum time. They will decide how to get there, where to visit, and activities.
There are many travel agencies in North America like- Trafalgar, Intrepid Travel, Costsaver, Insight Vacations, and many others that are working with the best rating and experience to make the tour enthusiastic.
Suitable wear packing
The temperature in the sand is unpredictable. When you are dehydrating under the scorching sun at day time, the freezing night breeze will almost cause you hypothermia.
Try to carry light sleeveless clothes for summer. But cover your arms and legs properly to avoid sunburn. Be it in summer or winter; sunscreen is a must. It would be best to carry a hat, sunglasses, gloves, socks (wool), a long-sleeve shirt, etc.
The hot sand sometimes melts the synthetic sole of the shoe. Consider wearing a proper shoe if you do not want to seat all the time in a hotel for lack of shoes. You can check some best dunes shoes for the tour.
Roaming in the dunes is always intimidating, but the whole tour might feel boring without a proper plan. Here is a list of some fascinating activities that you can experience in the Great dunes.
1. Sandboarding and sand sledding comes first!
Is it even possible that you are on the sand but didn’t go for sandboarding? No! Right? The Great Sand Dunes near Alamosa is the tallest dune in North America, famous for sandboarding.
You can rent a sandboard in the dunes for 15$ easily. Check the Oasis store, Spin Drift Sand Board Rentals, for sandboards all-round the year.
In winter, snow falls at least once per week. So, this tourist spot has grabbed the attention of many show skaters for snow sledding and cross country skiing.
3. Visit Madano creek and Zapata falls
Tough the Madano creek has dried up, but the hikers can still find scarce water from about 3.5 miles away from the dune. The Madano pass is open now. So you can follow the primitive road to reach the destination.
The Zapata falls in situated inside a cave and has a drop of 30 feet from the ground. The blue shimmering water splash against the rocks and creates a mesmerizing vibe.
Do not forget to bag your camera to capture the memorable moments of the tour. A short span of time but a treasure box of great fun and memories!
You can captures landscapes, portraits, or videos of the locality.
5. Camping and hiking
The great sand dunes have been a magnetic spot for the campers and hikers. For car camping, visit Pinon Flats; for tent camping, visit Sand dunes Recreation.
6. Fishing and paddling
Check the service of South Fork Anglers for a stunning fishing and paddling experience in that national park.
Carry sufficient water and food
Naturally, it is too hot in the sand dunes. So it is best to carry water for the whole day trip. Lack of water may lead to dehydration and impairment in nervous and renal activity.
You can also carry instant foods and fresh ingredients to have a BBQ in the park or even search for some local foods.
Rent a lodge
After a tiring day tour, you need a proper rest at night. Moreover, the foul weather can spoil your day anytime. For a temporary shelter, it is best to rent a lodge beforehand. Don’t forget to check the parking zone.
When you are visiting Colorado through any travel agencies, you might need to do fewer works. But, there remain many things to know before a trip to Great Sand Dunes.
The bight glaze of the sun, cool breeze at night, and fresh snow in the winter-is surely a blessing of nature. I hope you spend quality time on the trip.