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Address: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, CO

A small creek providing water to the sand dunes area.

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Ephemeral stream makes an annual spring appearance for lots of fun

Little Medano Creek flows along the eastern and southern side of the Great San Dunes found in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve., but only during spring. When the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pemba, Mozambique
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Pemba, Mozambique
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Little Medano Creek flows along the eastern and southern side of the Great San Dunes found in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve., but only during spring. When the creek flows, it is a cool hangout for kids and adults a like, providing a beach like experience in the middle of the mountains. The creek disappears in the... More 

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Leadville, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Finally! We made it when the creek was flowing and it was amazing! Nice year I think we would like to get a group and carry out cars and such for a BBQ. I was super jealous of the others that had those of that. You have to come in April and early May to experience the creek.

Thank Princeton1212
United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In April there was enough water that it was actually flowing in the creek. That is not something that happens year-round. If you want to get to the dunes, be prepared to walk through the water of the creek to get there. It was about ankle-deep when I was there in April. No big deal to walk through it. Just... More 

Thank AAHolt
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited in late April on Earth Day 2017 at 10AM. Creek was running fast and clear, though not more than 3 or 4 inches deep and much shallower in spots. Go barefoot across it (the sand is velvety smooth and the water was not icy cold), but have shoes handy immediately after exiting the water as the sand becomes like... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

This creek is wide and shallow and a great place for children to play. I would advise against wearing shoes across the river or on the dunes (unless you go in the summer when the sand gets very hot).

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washington state
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

This creek exist in symbiosis with the Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding Santo de Cristo mountains. In the spring it's flowing much like any other medium-sized creek, yet it "surges" with waves up to a foot high! In summer and fall the creek reduces and diminishes, flowing first on the surface, then disappearing beneath...only to re-appear 50 meters farther... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

We spent 2 days visiting the Park and nearby Zapata Falls and really enjoyed it. It is a very serene place and great for kite flying. I could have stayed longer and hiked the creek and more of the dunes. It's a wonderful family-friendly place because everyone (old and young) can play simply without spending tons of money. Some people... More 

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We loved Medano Creek the first time and again on this visit. It is shallow for wading and flows over sand. It might be wide or narrow or dried up (later in summer), depending when you go. It is great for kids to play... And teen/adults, too...

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The stream goes in front of the dunes, the dunes if you are from lower elevation good luck you are 8000 ft above sea level, also the sand is soft very hard to climb In if you are older be careful with the walk. Look for Bob at the visitor center he has a solar telescope to see the sun,... More 

Thank amliving
Edgewood, Maryland
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Little Medano Creek is something that must be crossed to hike the Great Sand Dunes. The water was very warm, but if you don't want your feet to get wet, be sure you're wearing waterproof hikers. Even at its low point in July, wading was involved. :) Beautiful contrast to the huge sand dunes and rocky peaks in the distance.... More 

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