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Mount Baldy at the Dunes

U.S. Highway 12, Michigan City, Indiana 46304 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
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“a beatiful sandy-dune with a desert-like appearance”

Over the last several years, park officials at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore have noted that Mount Baldy, a sand dune famous for its desert-like appearance, has begun moving inland at an alarming pace. Left unchecked, the dune could start to cover over its own parking lot in as few as seven years. The reason for the increased movement seems to be a combination of too little dune grass on top of Mt Baldy and too many people climbing its southern slope. The lack of dune grass, also known as Marram grass, allows the wind to more easily move the sand. In addition, every footstep up and down the dune helps push sand down the steeper southern slope toward the parking lot while also killing off any Marram grass attempting to take root.

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Reviewed by
Havinfun

  • 1 Review
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June 06, 2014

This dune is closed due to dangerous conditions.

1 person found this review helpful

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ripcord182

  • 1 Review
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May 22, 2014

This dune is currently closed due to an on-going geographic study.

1 person found this review helpful

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jh0108a

  • 25 Reviews
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January 09, 2022
Rated 1.0

Skip this dune because its closed and the picture you get from the parking lot is not impressive at all. If you want to see a great dune, do the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear.

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Mount Baldy at the Dunes

U.S. Highway 12
Michigan City, Indiana
46304 USA

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  • Restrooms
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Outdoor Seating
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