go casual...

Hiking up the three highest sand dunes isn’t easy, but can be fun for all ages. Grab your friends and family and head out for an outdoor adventure you can each do at your own pace.

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  • Walk it
  • Go solo
  • Bring a group
  • Bring your pet
  • Stop for photos

Get your free sticker and buy a hoodie or T-shirt at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

...or go extreme

If your idea of fun is running up the stairs of a skyscraper or doing a marathon, try The 3 Dune Challenge trail with its towering sand dunes. And if you still want more, do the flip trip – running the trail from the finish to the starting point.

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“Running on sand requires 1.6 times more energy than
running on a hard surface.”— Biologists.org

  • Run it
  • Race a friend
  • Set a personal record each run
  • When done, run back the way you came

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The 3 Dune Challenge is just an hour drive from Chicago.

Start here

Your adventure begins at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center.

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