Great campsites are available along this beautiful trail, as well as the Piñon Flats Campground. There are phenomenal seasonal colors to be seen, especially in the fall. You'll need to pay a fee when entering or leaving the park at the main southside gate. Unlicensed vehicles are not permitted in the park.
The Great Sand Dunes National Monument was designated a national park in 2004. Medano Pass, in its early history, was not used by wagons because of the challenging sand on the south side. Since then, it has continued to be ignored for development. To the delight of backcountry travelers, the route, with the exception of signs and gates, remains much the same today as it was a century ago. “Médano” means “dune” in Spanish. In English, there is no accent mark on the “e,” but emphasis in pronunciation is still put on the first syllable.