The dunes have always been one of Colorado's highlights. I make sure to visit them every time I am in CO, and I love introducing them to loved ones--this time it was our 9 year old grandson. Just outside the park, is a local store where you can rent special boards to sled down the dunes. These dunes are massive and perfect for sliding down. It takes a special kind of sled, though. The sleds used for snow or ice don't work as well as these specialty boards. Of course, you can bring your own saucer, the one you use in snow, and still have plenty of fun too. If you're up to it, you can climb to the very top of the tallest dune. It's a daunting task as trying to hike uphill in soft sand is no easy venture.
I love watching the light change and the shadows shift, especially as it begins to get dark. We've camped at this park and there are deer (and the possibility of bear) in the campground. Of course, if you do bring children, get the Junior Ranger activity booklet from the visitor center and earn the badge. Make sure to carry water with you as you hike the dunes, and be careful of the exercise if you have not adjusted to the altitude. Our next posting will be about sledding the dunes -- keep posted by subscribing.