After Great Sand Dunes National Park, we descended from the mountains, stopped at Pueblo Colorado (Pass Key 50 West restaurant!) We visited Garden of the gods in Colorado Springs before turning towards home.
View of Pikes Peak from Garden of the Gods.
Praying hands in God’s Garden.
Spectacular rock formations…reminds me of Bryce and Zion in Utah.
After visiting the Earthship community in New Mexico, we drove to Great Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa, Colorado. It was a beautiful day to climb the dunes! Two out of three of us climbed “high dune” the 650 ft dune visible from the parking lot that only appears to be the tallest in the park. Hiking sand dunes is extremely strenuous, particularly at 8,000 ft above sea level (versus 400-900 ft around Missouri), boy, I tell you what (*Hank Hill voice*). The great part about reaching the top is being able to come back down any way you want. I moon-hopped down the soft-sand embankments while my bro-in-law spent most of his time rolling and sliding down the steeper dunes. Exhilerating!
Anywho, the day was beautiful for photography.
If you ever have the chance to visit Great Sand Dunes NP, you’ll have the chance to climb sand dunes, enjoy the beach-like creek, hike in the nearby forest and mountains, visit nearby wetlands, and enjoy one of the cheapest national parks that I’m aware of (only $3 a person!). Just remember to hike the dunes early in the day, carry LOTS of water, and expect to get sand in your shoes.