Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve!
I have to tell you, it's a little bizarre to see a big ole' pile of sand next to the Rocky Mountains..
|Hello! In 1999 You became a National Park|
|It's like God just dumped a bunch of sand at the bottom of the mountains|
If I am hiking thru sand, there had better be an ocean near by! Walking in sand is HARD work!
|someone trekking thru the sand, poor soul|
|look for the dots on the ridges, they are hikers.. crazy souls.|
|the trek across the Medano River area... (the dark line in the distance is the other edge)|
|Patterns in the Sand|
|Where in the world are we? Colorado.....|
|Where's my ocean?|
|The Mountains, The Dunes, The River which lead to the Wetlands.|
Amazing what Nature can do....
For the active crowd, you can rent sand boards and sleds to play on the dunes with, but I did not have the best shoes for the sand, so I skipped that, but it did look fun....
My final tip, just outside the entrance of the park, there is a gas station/ store/ restaurant.
STOP!!!! and have a piece of pie.
I would love to go back to Sand Dunes in the spring when the Medano River is running. It is shallow and from the movie in the Visitor's Center looked like a lot of fun to cool off in after playing in the sand.
Still getting the sand off...