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Great Sand Dunes National Park Trails

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Star Dune Loop

Ascend North America’s tallest dunes for a day surrounded by alpine peaks, a desert valley, and shifting mountains of sand on this 6.6-mile loop in America’s newest national park.

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A Piece of Quiet

By: Molly Loomis

America’s leading advocate of wilderness silence shows the way to Mt. Rainier National Park’s quietest corner. Plus: 9 more campsites with life-list listening.

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Join the Backpacker editors on their gear testing trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

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