Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

National Park Mystery Photo 46 Revealed: Stop and Look When You Wade Across to Climb

When you wade across this creek to get to those magnificent dunes, be sure to stop and watch the surge flow.

National Park Mystery Photo 46 Revealed: Stop and Look When You Wade Across to Climb

When you wade across this creek to get to those magnificent dunes, be sure to stop and watch the surge flow.

New Second-Generation Superintendent at Great Sand Dunes National Park Returns to Her Roots

Father-daughter duos as National Park Service superintendents are a bit unusual, but Lisa Carrico will bring some uniquely personal connections to the job when she assumes her new post early next month at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Former Employee At Great Sand Dunes National Park Indicted On Embezzlement Charges

A woman who once worked as the administrative officer of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado has been charged with embezzling nearly $750,000 from the park over nearly four years.

"Medano Fire" Nearing 5,500 Acres in Great Sand Dunes National Park

A fire sparked by lightning on June 6 in Great Sand Dunes National Park now covers nearly 5,500 acres. While 344 firefighters are battling the flames, park managers also are using the fire to achieve management goals.

International Planetary Dunes Workshop Brings Aeolian Scientists to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Terrestrial and planetary dunes scientists from three continents met in May at Alamos, Colorado, to explore opportunities for collaborative planetary dunes research. The dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are similar to ones on Mars, so a field trip to the park was a workshop highlight.

National Park Quiz 79: Wind

March winds are sweeping the land and it’s time for another quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why South Carolina's Beaufort is not pronounced the same way as North Carolina's Beaufort.

Judge’s Ruling on Drilling Noise May Bode Well for National Park Soundscape Protection

A recent federal ruling on drilling noise in a national wildlife refuge near Great Sand Dunes National Park suggests that the courts may be leaning toward more rigorous protection for natural sound in federal recreation lands.

National Park Quiz 65: Dunes

This week’s quiz may leave sand in your shoes. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain the culturally nuanced meanings of dune field, erg, and drass.

By the Numbers: President Bush’s National Park Legacy

George W. Bush’s national park legacy includes seven new NPS units, five redesignations, one deauthorization, and one oddity.

How Will Stimulus Help the Parks? At Great Sand Dunes National Park It Could Mean Reclamation and Restoration

Although the National Park Service didn't receive as many stimulus dollars as it could put to work, that doesn't mean that the $750 million or so won't go to good use across the park system.

Resolved: I’ll Visit at Least These Five National Parks in 2009

In the past, my national park visiting has been too intermittent and unfocused for comfort. But this year my New Year’s Resolutions are going to provide a sense of purpose and direction. Five parks is a very doable agenda. My list includes three Sure Things, a True Confession, and one Unfinished Business.

Got Quiet? Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has Plenty

Acoustic monitoring reveals that Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve has one of the quietest soundscapes in America. Remote areas of the park have sound levels so low that they barely register on the recording equipment.
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