Cheap thrills at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Who says adventure has to be expensive? I recently went, along with two friends, to southern Colorado to try out sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It’s one of those otherworldly places that seems like it belongs more in southern Utah with its combination of mountains, dunes and rivers.

In any case, it was great fun trying to stay upright. Waxing the board frequently is the key to sliding vs. stopping. But the sand is certainly determined to find places to hide. It worked its way into the stitching of my backpack and just about everywhere else. While sandboarding really doesn’t compare to the winter version, it’s a fun way to descend miles of sand.

Cost breakdown:

Camping at Zapata Falls Campground: $11 per night

Entrance to Great Sand Dunes National Park: $3 per person

Sandboard rental from Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa: $18

Total cost per person for two days of fun: $24.67