Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Birding, Hiking, and Backpacking Tour Guides

Great Sand Dunes National Park birding hiking tour guides

If you are interested in Great Sand Dunes National Park Birding and Hiking tour guides, join us at Kaiyote Tours!

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a high elevation area.  The elevation within the park and preserve ranges from a low of 7,520 feet (near San Luis Lakes) to a high of 13,604 feet above sea level (Tijeras Peak).  The park covers 149,028 acres (233 sq. miles) with sand dunes up to 750 feet high (229 meters). We offer Private Trips, so your entire group will be similarly acclimated to the altitude.  We recommend that you arrive a few days early and stay in the Alamosa area (7,544 feet) to help you acclimate.  Altitude sickness and fatigue will ruin your trip, so please Plan Ahead and Prepare (Leave No Trace principle #1)

Birding and Nature Tours:  Over 250 different species of birds have been identified at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.  The park has four distinct life zones which include the alpine tundra, subalpine forests, montane woodlands, and riparian zones for a wide variety of birds, wildlife, and plants.  

Hiking Tours: Hiking on the dunes is an awesome experience, but there are also plenty of trails through the forest as well.  

Backpacking Tours:  Waking up in the wilderness is always an experience of a lifetime. We offer private trips for the complete novice to more difficult trips for those interested in a more challenging trip.  

Stargazing and Night Sounds:  We don’t have a telescope, but we love to go into the National Park at night and look for shooting stars, falling meteorites, the Milky-way and orbiting satellites.  We will teach you about the constellations of the sky.  The mountain sky is truly clear and on a moonless night, you will be amazed about the number of stars in the sky.  When the moon is out, it is so bright you can read a book!  Nighttime is also a great time for night sounds.  Dress warm, the dunes mountains can be cold at night.  Bring a blanket and a flashlight if you can or we can supply those items.  Stargazing usually lasts 1 - 2 hours.  Price is $50 per person.  Because we will drive to a single location and there is little walking, this is not a private tour.   

Call us at 970-556-6103 or email us at to book your trip! 


Full day private Birding and Hiking Single-Day Tours:  1 - 2 people $365 and $45 for each additional person, includes lunch, snacks, and water to refill your water bottle. Not included: National Park entrance fee.  If you already have a pass, please bring it along.  Payment and Cancellation Policy:  Full payment is due 72 hours prior to tour. There are no refunds within 72 hours of tour.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and PayPal.

Suggested to bring for day tours:
1) Backpack for your gear
2) Rain gear or rain poncho or umbrella
3) Refillable water bottle
4) Sunscreen and bug spray
5) Hats for both sun and warmth
6) Binoculars
7) Wear Layered comfortable clothes.  

Over-night Private Backpacking Trips:  $240 per person/per day, (based on a minimum of 2-people), $400 per day for a private, solo traveler trip.  Backpacking fee includes back-country permit, gear and food. Payment and cancellation policy:  At the time of reservation, a non-refundable fee of $20 per person per day is due. The remaining balance is due 3 months prior to the trip and is non-refundable. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and PayPal.  Not included: Transportation to and from trailhead and National Park entrance fee for your vehicle.  If you will not have a car, we can possibly make transportation arrangements for you, based on availability. 

Included in overnight backpacking fees
1) Tent
2) Sleeping bag
3) Sleeping pad
4) Backpacking pack
5) Bear canister (hanging food prohibited)
6) Stove and fuel
7) Water filter
8) Food: Let us know if you require coffee/caffeine, vegetarian, or anything special.    

Although we provide all the necessary gear, you can also bring your own gear. 

Kaiyote Tours is authorized by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, to conduct services in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. 

Private and custom tours at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. 

Call us at 970-556-6103 or email us at to book your trip!

Great Sand Dunes National Park birding hiking tour guides