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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:12
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Re: Medano Pass - Great Sand Dunes NP

Call the USFS/NP first -- there has been a fire burning at the park-side base of Medano for the past week or so, and @250 acres have burned. IDK whether or not the road is open, camping is open, etc...
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:24
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Re: Medano Pass - Great Sand Dunes NP

dang, that's no good. thanks for the heads up, it'll be a late summer/early fall trip for me though, so hopefully everything will be ok by then.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:26
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Re: Medano Pass - Great Sand Dunes NP

I would think so. There will also be almost ZERO water in Medano Creek by that time, unless you luck out and go on the backside of a big thunderstorm -still way cool though, even without the "beach".
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:46
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Re: Medano Pass - Great Sand Dunes NP


This pic makes me REALLY want to go. I have been once. But i was young.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 12:38
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I would think so. There will also be almost ZERO water in Medano Creek by that time, unless you luck out and go on the backside of a big thunderstorm -still way cool though, even without the "beach".

how late can i expect the water to be there?
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Old June 16th, 2010, 13:04
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Re: Medano Pass - Great Sand Dunes NP

My pictures were taken on the day of annual peak flows, 44 cubic feet per second. The State's gage at Sand Dunes is currently measuring 9 cfs today, and the historic graph indicates it will be down around 3-6 cfs by mid-July and for the remainder of the summer, with spikes up to 10-15cfs during big storms. That means a small creek in the campgrounds, quickly swallowed up to nothing once it hits the sand.
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Re: Medano Pass - Great Sand Dunes NP

Our Club makes a run over the pass every year for Correctional Workers Week. It was the first weekend of June this year and we usually have between 20 and 40 vehicles in the group.
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