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3 Dune Challenge Logo (White)

Need a reason to get outside? We’ve got three.

Challenge friends, family, and yourself to an epic climb up the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s 1.5 miles of tough trail with 552 vertical feet that’s 100 percent brag-worthy.

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

3 Dune Challenge Map and Logo

Start Here

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

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How to Complete the Dare

  1. Go to the Indiana Dunes State Park
    Visit Indiana Dunes State Park, located at the end of State Rd. 49 at 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304.
  2. Hike the Trail
    With 552 vertical feet, this is the toughest trail in the State Park. Take the challenge and conquer the dunes.
  3. Share the Challenge
    Take a selfie at the top of one of the dunes and post it using #3DuneChallenge.
  4. Get Your Badge of Honor
    Visit the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center for a free bumper sticker and to buy a commemorative T-shirt or hoodie.

Celebrate Your Accomplishment

Stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to get your free 3 Dune Challenge sticker.
You can also buy a T-shirt or hoodie—you’ve earned it!

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Share your adventures with us by tagging #3dunechallenge

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Events in the Indiana Dunes

Environment / Nature

TimberNook Camp: Friends In the Wild

June 28 - July 2, 2021

During this program, your child will be provided a stuffed animal to share in their outdoor adventures. Throughout Woodland Week, children…

Environment / Nature

Sunset Photography Class at Dig the Dunes Trail Stop

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Community

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

May 13 - May 16, 2021

Join in four days of fantastic birding at Indiana's number one birding attraction. Celebrate the amazing spring migration on Lake Michigan's…

Performing Arts

Virtual Exhibition – Junius Sloan’s Kaaterskill Lakes and the Catskill Mountain House: The Story of an American Cultural Icon

May 8 - May 31, 2021

You will be looking at an area that covers about a four-mile radius, at the eastern edge about twelve miles west of the Hudson River. This…

Educational

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 9 - July 10, 2021

The play is set in Athens and consists of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of 

Arts and Crafts

Halloween at the Y

October 16, 2021 - October 15, 2022

Open to all ages, enjoy an evening of ghouls and goblins, fun and excitement, and family time

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