Great Dune, Colorado

Prominence: 290 ft, 88 m

Elevation: 8690 feet, 2649 meters

True Isolation: 1.64 mi, 2.64 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 8694 ft / 2650 m
Local or Alternate Name(s)Alternate: High Dune
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)37° 44' 54'' N, 105° 31' 59'' W
37.748454, -105.532966 (Dec Deg)
453047 E 4178040 N, Zone 13 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionAlamosa

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 202
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 190)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2007-06-09 by Richard Oestreicher
     2008-06-17 by James Benz
     2011-09-13 by Dave Dunham
     2013-05-26 by Dennis Stewart
     2013-08-25 by Shane Kramer (GPS Track)
     2014-08-09 by William Musser
     2015-07-05 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-05-20 by Rob Anthony
     2016-06-24 by Dennis Stewart
     2016-08-26 by Stav Basis
     2016-12-17 by Gustav Sexauer
     2017-05-31 by Daniel Neustadt (GPS Track)
     2017-07-05 by Zack Lewis (GPS Track)
     2017-08-11 by MB Hansen
     2017-12-02 by Scott Nolan
     2017-12-12 by Jon Pilarski (GPS Track)
     2018-06-02 by Zackary Michek (GPS Track)
     2018-09-07 by William Chen (GPS Track)
     2018-09-21 by Rusty Shackleford
     2019-05-11 by Wesley Barry (GPS Track)
     2019-06-20 by Matt Culpepper
     2019-07-10 by John Franklin Crenshaw
     2019-08-26 by Dylan Fowler (GPS Track)
     2020-09-01 by Earl Beam
     2020-12-16 by Janos Arnosky
     2021-05-07 by Chris Denu
     2021-07-28 by JohnE Sarna (GPS Track)
     2021-09-21 by Steven Wagoner
     2022-07-04 by Kyle Booth
     2022-09-19 by Justus Cöster (GPS Track)
     2022-09-23 by Stan Barlow (GPS Track)
     2023-04-22 by Trevor Butcher (GPS Track)

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High Dune, the most commonly hiked dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Next to the mighty 14,000 peaks of Blanca and Ellington, the great dunes have very tall sand formations to climb (hikers in background) (2014-08-09). Photo by William Musser.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 290 ft/89 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 330 ft/101 m
  Key Col: 8400 ft/2560 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 1.64 mi/2.64 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 37.7692, -105.5183
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Carbonate Mountain  (NNE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Southern Rocky Mountains
Range4: Sangre de Cristo Range
Range5: Northern Sangre de Cristo Range
Range6: Great Sand Dunes Area
Drainage BasinsRio Grande
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Great Sand Dunes Wilderness Area
Topo MapZapata Ranch O37105f5 1:24,000
Route #1 Scramble
Trailhead: Great Sand Dune Visitor Center 8060 ft/2457 m
Vertical Gain: 630 ft/192 m
Distance (one way): 0.9 mi/1.45 km
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Andrew at the top of High Dune, the second highest sand dune in North America, with a spectacular view of GSDNP on a clear morning (2018-07-08). Photo by Jordan Johnston.
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Top of Great Dune, 1-30-22 (2022-01-30). Photo by Jason Crane.
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Sunrise on top of Star Dune, North America's tallest dune. A majority of the Great Sand Dunes are visible when looking to the east, with Great Dune in the centre and the Sangre de Cristo Range in the back. With a backcountry permit, visitors are legally allowed to camp here (2022-09-20). Photo by Justus Cöster.
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