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Dune 8860
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Dune 8860

Dune 8860

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.77340°N / 105.5171°W

Object Title: Dune 8860

County: Saguache

Activities: Hiking

Season: Fall

Elevation: 8860 ft / 2701 m


Page By: Jeremy Hakes

Created/Edited: May 29, 2008 / Jul 7, 2008

Object ID: 407731

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There are 2 ranked dunes (Dune 8860 and High Dune), and 1 named dune (Star Dune). Star is probably the hardest to get to, while 8860 is probably the least climbed because it isn't named, and slightly more obscure to pinpoint. All are worthwhile, especially since you're in the sand already.

Most people climb High Dune:

High Dune from the NE
High Dune

People dedicated to getting both ranked dunes can take discontinuous ridgelines from High Dune to Dune 8860, then follow Medano Creek back to the original TH.

Medano Creek
Medano Creek crossing

Getting There

Take the Medano Pass road as it goes along the east side of the peak, on the east side of the park. The road for Medano Pass is BEFORE the campgrounds, and is not well marked. Drive north on the road - we had two vehicles (one of which had fairly low clearance), so we parked at the infamous Point of No Return. The road continues and gets closer than we parked (you can park .3 miles closer than we did).

From there, head west down to Medano Creek. You will likely need the GPS coordinates to correctly identify which dune is Dune 8860. Keep thoughts of giant worms out of your head.

Red Tape

There is a park admission fee necessary to enter GSNP all year long.

The heat in the middle of the day in the middle of the summer is also probably prohibitive.


Camping is available in the park.

Pinion Flats

Other area campgrounds

External Links

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Dune 8860


Dune 8860High Dune from the NESea of SandDune 8860Sea of Sand, Part 2Wet Sand texturesMedano Creek
Sand travel