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Dunes Overlook Trail


A short hike in the foothills, with a different perspective on the dunes.

Hiking Moderate

2.8 km
95 m
95 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.6 km
Dunes Overlook Trail Map

The Dunes Overlook Trail is a somewhat hidden hike in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Most people hike on the dunes, but this trail is on the other side of the road, in the foothills with some tree cover. If the dunes are too windy, too hot, too crowded, or just too sandy for your liking, you might enjoy hiking this trail instead. It’s mostly a firm path, with only some soft sections, and it makes a moderately steep climb to a viewpoint over the dunes. Though the panorama is slightly eclipsed by trees, you can get a good impression of the vastness of the dune field from the overlook.


The Overlook Trail is actually a spur off the Sand Ramp Trail. The route mapped here begins from Pinyon Flats Campground, but the Sand Ramp Trail connects the campground with the Point of No Return on the road, so you could start from there instead. You can also hike Sand Ramp and Overlook Trail as part of a longer loop, connecting with a walk along Medano Creek or atop the dunes.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/hiking.htm https://www.americansouthwest.net/colorado/greatsanddunes/sand-ramp-trail.html



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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