Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve,

132.4 sq mi (343 sq km), in the San Luis Valley of S Colorado; est. as a national monument 1932, designated a national park 2004. Lying in an area of high desert between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mtns., the park's sand dunes are the tallest in North America, extending up to 750 ft (230 m). They were formed when sand and gravel deposits left by ancient streams flowing into the valley were blown toward the Sangre de Cristos after the streams dried up. The intermittent Medano Creek is located within the park. The mountainous preserve includes pinyon pines and aspens, spruce and fur forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Fish and Wildlife Service to create the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Baca National Wildlife Refuge.
The law creating the new national park, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000, was authored by Senator Allard and Representative McInnis and became law in November of 2000.
With the Baca, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will be second to none in natural beauty and ecological diversity.