Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park is situated near the city of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. It was established as a national park in 2004 on September 13 by Congress and covers almost 70 square miles. Over 250,000 vistors visit the park annually. The park is home to the largest sand dune on the continent. The Dunes are created by wind blowing sediment from the Rio Grande flood plain. Wide ranges of temperature exist in the dunes between the night and day. They are considered a High Desert region but have much milder temperatures than typical High Desert areas. Daytime temperatures will average above 94 F during the day in the summer months and lows dropping to under 0 F during the night in the winter months. Lakes, Mountains, and Forests also exist in the park.

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Nocturnary

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The great bowl of the San Luis Valley is filled with starlight and the rich yellow glow from the setting crescent moon, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. In the distance, the city of Alamosa shines brightly into the underbelly of incoming wisps of a winter weather system. Try gamely though it might, the lights of the city are vastly overtopped by the glorious mid-autumn arc of the galaxy. In the foreground, Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata) and other desert shrubs catch the low-red rays of a nearby campfire, attended by a few fellow human beings who love to be out under the dazzling lights of the firmament. I was inspired to borrow the title from a song of the same name by Bonobo. The ethereal downtempo matched the nocturnal mood perfectly.

When discussing birthdays and gifts with my youngest son several months before his special day, I mentioned to him that I wanted to give him an experience rather than a thing. He looked quizzical. Knowing his love of vehicles (how is he my son?), I suggested that it might be possible to rent an RV camper and would he like that? He immediately developed a huge grin on his face and without hesitating said that we should rent an RV and go to Great Sand Dunes NP for a long weekend. So at the behest of a now 9-year-old, it came to pass...

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Great Fun at Great Sand Dunes

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Great Fun at Great Sand Dunes

They had to use a lot of wax to be able to "surf" the dunes.

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Great Sand Dunes on a frosty morning

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