As mentioned in our previous posting, we rented a specialized sand sled to ride down the giant dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado. The sled is designed specifically for the sand. We rented ours just outside the park at the little store, Oasis, that also serves food in season (it's in front of the inn/lodge) on your right as you approach the park. The bottom of the sled is smooth and should be waxed prior to each ride. The rental price includes a block of wax which easily fits into a pocket and is large enough to last for many runs. Waxing the board is not difficult and only takes a minute. It is well worth the little effort to achieve really fast rides if you wax and polish the sled as instructed. There is a cushion for sitting on, handles to hold onto and assist with steering, and rough places to keep your feet from sliding off.
The most difficult part, as with any sledding on great hills, is the climb to the top. If you look closely at this next slide, you will see our grandson at the peak of a dune getting ready to ride down the steep incline. I thought he would be more hesitant to go down the larger dunes at first, but he was fearless.
Fun is way more enjoyable when you share it with a friend or two. You can see how big our "puppy" has gotten in a year.
If you are looking for fun or fun for the family, Great Sand Dunes National Park is an awesome place. We've camped at this park a couple of times, to include a time when there was a forest fire across some ridges (the park was safe.) I can't even count the number of times I've been to this park! Living in Colorado for a number years helped make this easy, but every time I travel across the state or visit CO, I make sure to come here. The park is just as interesting and beautiful without sledding down the dunes. People also come here to view the birds. Sunset, as you can imagine, is awesome here! Travel safely!
If you've been here, please share your experience and photos with us.