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Sand Sheet Loop Trail

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Trail

0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 21' 7 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 8,170' 2,490 m
Low: 8,140' 2,481 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A short, scenic interpretive trail by the Visitor Center.

Kristen Arendt

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Runner Notes

A quick loop that can be added to a variety of other trails for a longer run. During busy summer days, this trail might be a bit crowded.

Description

This short loop trail from the Visitor Center is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the grassland ecosystem and formation of the dunes. With many interpretive signs and benches along the trail, this loop is a great opportunity to spend some time learning about the impressive landscape of the park before heading out to run the dunes.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly grasses, shrubs, and cacti such as rabbitbrush, prickly pear, and yucca.

Elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, rabbits, coyotes, kangaroo rats, bullsnakes, short-horned lizards, and a variety of birds such as hawks and vesper sparrows.

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Photos

Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center gives you an awesome view of the Dunes.  You can see people hiking the dunes in the distance, looks like ants.
Jan 9, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Learn about the area during your hike through the interpretive trail.
Jan 9, 2016 near Crestone, CO
View from the visitor center.
Sep 29, 2015 near Crestone, CO
A cloudy day at the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Snow and stormy skies looking back at the visitor center.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Benches and signs along the Sand Sheet Loop Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO

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