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Diana of the Dunes Dare Logo (White)

Dare to Be Different? Embrace the Dunes.

In honor of the daring and free spirit of Alice Mabel Gray, also known as Diana, a nearby sand hill has been named “Diana’s Dune.” You can now hike in a local legend’s footsteps at Indiana Dunes National Park’s West Beach. Explore the natural wonders of her beloved Dunes terrain while learning about dune development.

The Diana Dunes Dare is just an hour drive from Chicago.

Start Here

Your adventure begins at the National Park’s West Beach.

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How to Complete the Dare

  1. Go to West Beach
    Visit Indiana Dunes National Park’s West Beach, located off U.S. Highway 12, at 376 N. County Line Rd., Gary, IN 46403.
  2. Hike the Trail
    Dare to Be Different? Then step into the past and embrace the Dunes. Walk in Alice Mabel Gray’s (Diana’s) footsteps while learning about Dune Succession.
  3. Share Your Dare
    Stop at the West Beach Bathhouse to take a selfie in front of our Diana of the Dunes selfie station and post using #DianaDunesDare.
  4. Get Your Badge of Honor
    Visit either the Paul H. Douglas Center or the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center for a free sticker.

Celebrate Your Accomplishment

Stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center or the Paul H. Douglas Center to get your free Diana of the Dunes sticker.
You can also buy a T-shirt or hoodie—you’ve earned it!

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Share your Diana Dunes Dare adventures with us by tagging #DianaDunesDare

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Miller Woods Hike at the Paul H. Douglas Center

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