If the sands of Africa are calling your name but your bank account is running a bit low on cash, we've got you covered. The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado are as impressive as the vast Sahara and are a spectacular retreat from everyday reality. You can wander through miles of wondrous landscapes for a truly unique adventure.
This scenic area is unlike any other found in Colorado and looks like something straight out of the wild deserts of Africa.
You can explore the 750-foot hills in all their glory any time as the park is open year-round.
If you want to add some adrenaline to your unique adventure, you can sled down the dunes, perfect for thrill-seekers missing the snowy slopes of winter.
It's essential to bring actual sandboards or sleds made for these activities as snow-related equipment won't slide on the dry textures.
The park is also known for its epic stargazing thanks to the night skies.
Entry costs $25 per vehicle and gives you access to the dunes and surrounding vistas.
You'll be swept away by the stunning rise and fall of the golden grains and wisps of sand as they float along on the breeze.
The scene is like something out of Arabian Nights or an Indiana Jones film.
As night falls as you can watch, the stars shine brilliantly in the velvety sky.
It's all of the excitement of the Sahara, minus having to worry about an 18-hour flight across the ocean, nestled right in the Rocky Mountain State.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Price: $25 per car
Address: 11999 State Highway 150, Mosca, CO
Why You Need To Go: These dreamy dunes are almost as good as visiting those of the Sahara, plus you can board or sled down the golden sandy hills.
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