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Castle Creek Picnic Ground

Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Number of Sites: 1 1 picnic table
Reservation Status: Not Required
USGS Maps: Zapata Ranch, Liberty




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General Description

Looking up Medano Pass Primitive Road to Mount Herard - 10.98
Copyright: Jamiebea Hall - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Looking up Medano Pass Primitive Road to Mount Herard - 10.98
This picnic site is located on Medano Pass Primitive Road where Castle Creek joins Medano Creek. Either drive a high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle or park at The Point of No Return and walk. One picnic table is provided.

Directions from Visitor Center: Continue past the Point of No Return on Medano Pass Primitive Road. In a little less than a mile you will come to Castle Creek and the picnic site.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round (NOTE: Visitor Center open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Summer months; varying hours in the Winter.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Eight backcountry sites in the Monument; free permit from Visitor Center required.
No
ICON Family Camping Pinyon Flats Campground
No
ICON Fishing Medano Creek; Rio Grande National Forest
No
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Medano Pass Primitive Road
No
ICON Group Picnicking South Ramada (reservations required) and North Ramada
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Numerous trails in the area
No
ICON Horseback Riding Park at Amphitheater, Montville or Point of No Return; stay out of main public use areas
No
ICON Animal Identification Look for tracks in the sand, especially in early morning.
No
ICON Firewood Gathering Not permitted in the Monument; purchase from concessionaire in summer and from Visitor Center in winter.
No
ICON Lodging Alamosa, Monte Vista and Ft. Garland
No
ICON Mountain Biking Only on Medano Pass Primitive Road; some difficult sandy stretches
No
ICON Mountain Climbing Blanca Peak, Little Bear and the Crestones
No
ICON ATV Riding Only on Medano Pass Primitive Road, if vehicle and driver are licensed.
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Only on Medano Pass Primitive Road, if vehicle and driver are licensed.
No
ICON General Information Visitor Center
No
ICON Picnicking Next to Dunes Parking Area; Sand Pit site as well
Yes
ICON Downhill Skiing Trying skiing the dunes, even in summer.
No
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Summer programs at amphitheater; programs in Visitor Center year-round
No
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Picture Point Trail, Montville Nature Trail
No
ICON Guided Touring Concessionaire conducts tours on Medano Pass Primitive Road in the summer.
No



Related Activities
Great Sand Dunes National Monument Visitor Center - Before venturing out to the dunes, stop by the Visitor Center. Here you can pick up information on the dunes and other park features. The center is opened daily, except on federal holidays in the winter.

Medano Pass Primitive Road - The Medano Pass Primitive Road is a four-wheel drive road that begins in the park and goes north to Medano Pass and the Rio Grande National Forest.

Point of No Return Parking Area - This is a turnaround area and small parking area, aptly named Point of No Return. It is provided for two-wheel drive, wide and/or long vehicles.

Sand Pit Picnic Ground - This is a nice place to come for a picnic, whether you drive your car to The Point of No Return and walk a half mile or walk from the campground.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Great Sand Dunes National Monument, 11999 Highway 150 , Mosca, CO, 81146, Phone: 719-378-6300

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