Colorado: Part Three

Click the links bellow to catch up:

Colorado: Part One

Colorado: Part Two

The Great Sand Dunes… this place was amazing. Formed over millions of years, wedged between the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and the valley bellow, the The Great Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in North America at 750 feet. As you drive up to the area you gradually see them rise up in the distance. Backed by Sangre De Cristo Mountains they don’t look that large but it is quite¬†deceiving.

Our first trek to the top took us two hours to climb the 750 feet. The combination of hiking in the sand and high altitude took a toll on us but it was all worth it once we reached the top. We made the hike a few hours before sunset to catch the light but as the sun went down the winds picked up, forcing us off the dunes to protect our eyes and gear.

This is a prime example of a wilderness treasure in this great country. It is awe inspiring and I will return to as often as possible.

Enjoy the pictures.

(Click the images for a larger look.)

View from the base of the dunes.

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Sun kissed ridges of the dunes.

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Grass and wind ripples.

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Wind pattern in the sand.

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Wind and sun bleached debris.

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Debris approaching the dunes.

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Winds and sands of time.

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Sun setting over the top.

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Dune Composition 1

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Dune Composition 2

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Dune Composition 3

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Mr. Chris Gavin Jones doing his thing at the top.

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Stay tuned for Part Four which will cover our short stop at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison!

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