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Overview

Great Sand Dunes is currently making the transition from a National Monument and Preserve to a full National Park. A new Visitor Center with upgraded exhibits and information is scheduled for completion in 2004. The park remains open during the renovations.

After paying the $3 fee at the south entrance, tourists arrive at the temporary Visitor Center east of the dunes. Just up the road is the Pi¤on Flats Campground, with 88 sites. The campground often fills on summer weekends. During summer in wet years, nearby Mosca Creek offers opportunities for sand castles and other beach-like fun for kids and pets.

From the campground, a four-wheel drive road heads farther north, leading to more remote campsites, picnic tables, and trailheads. The road eventually turns east and heads over Medano Pass and out of the park.

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Rocky Mountain National ParkAt the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is the deepest natural lake in Colorado, dipping to 265 feet. Fed by high mountain runoff, the lake is clear and pristine. In the summer, you can rent a boat, bring your own or simply enjoy the gentle lapping of the waves from the sandy shore. Grand Lake connects with Shadow Mountain Lake via a canal, and just down the road is Lake Granby, the second largest body of water in Colorado.
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