The Great Sand Dunes National Park could become the first in America and the second in the world to have a “quiet designation.”

The designation as a quiet zone from Quiet Parks International, a preservation advocacy organization that aims to protect the natural sound of the wilderness, recognizes the Dunes as a place mostly free of human-made sound.

The move comes after the Great Sand Dunes were designated as an International Dark Sky Park to fight light pollution in May.

There’s only one other park in the world with a quiet designation, a 200,000-acre area of land along the Zabalo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Quiet Parks International awarded the designation to the indigenous Cofán tribe in April 2019.

In addition to the Great Sand Dunes and the Zabalo River park, the organization has 262 potential sites around the world that could be certified and preserved.



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