In the shadow of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, is peaceful San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area. Nestled among low sand dunes in this unique desert are wildlife-laden wetlands and approximately nine miles of easy, level hiking and biking trails. Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors fill the sky over this outstanding watchable wildlife area most of the year. In addition, big game such as deer and elk can be seen roaming the surrounding ranchland. Bison are found at the nearby Rocky Mountain Bison Ranch.