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.

Great Sand Dunes National Park Info


Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park Photos

Clouds Over Dunes

Long Exposure Art (L~EX~A) posted a photo:

Clouds Over Dunes

Another pic from Great Sand Dunes National Park

Golden Dunes and Clouds

Long Exposure Art (L~EX~A) posted a photo:

Golden Dunes and Clouds

Great Sand Dunes National Park offers some amazing views and outstanding colors. In all honesty, I wasn't happy with the original foreground sand, so I used photoshop to make it a bit more interesting.

Sand Dunes Sunset 2 cropped

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Sand Dunes Sunset 2 cropped

Looking at the sunset behind the Great Sand Dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. This particular shot is from the mountains looking through the pine trees to the dunes.

Medano Creek Patterns

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Medano Creek Patterns

Great Sand Dunes Sunset Blues

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Great Sand Dunes Sunset Blues

Sandblasted

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Sandblasted

A ground-level macro-lens view of a windy day at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

Great Sand Dunes Sunset

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Great Sand Dunes Sunset

The view along Medano Creek on this pretty evening there in Colorado was mesmerizing.

High Desert Autumn Palette

Patricia Henschen posted a photo:

High Desert Autumn Palette

Blanca Wetlands

The Clouds Have It

Patricia Henschen posted a photo:

The Clouds Have It

Blanca Wetlands

High Desert Oasis

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High Desert Oasis

Blanca Wetlands

Both Tiers of Zapata Falls

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Both Tiers of Zapata Falls

A very poor picture of Zapata Falls near near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For trail information, visit www.annestravels.net/zapata-falls/

Wintery Contrasts, Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

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Wintery Contrasts, Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Frosty meanders along the sand dune crests were in stark contrast to the snowy ruggedness of the Crestones and Kit Carson Mountain on the first day of Spring. Just a week after the bomb cyclone, piles of snow still lingered along roadways, and all of the high mountains and passes of central and south central Colorado were about as snowy as I have seen. Even Medano Creek was not yet flowing due to the delayed snowmelt from the below average temperatures in March. Thanks for looking!

Great Sand Dunes Monochrome

Ken Krach Photography posted a photo:

Great Sand Dunes Monochrome

Great Sand Dunes Sunset

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Great Sand Dunes Sunset

Zapata Creek

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Zapata Creek

Walking up Zapata Creek to Zapata Falls near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For trail information, visit www.annestravels.net/zapata-falls/

Canyon Above Zapata Falls

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Canyon Above Zapata Falls

Looking up the canyon to Zapata Falls, near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For trail information, visit www.annestravels.net/zapata-falls/

Near the Trailhead

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Near the Trailhead

Looking down the Zapata Falls Trail to the plains below, near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For trail information, visit www.annestravels.net/zapata-falls/

Brush Along the Trail

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Brush Along the Trail

Brush and views along the Zapata Falls Trail near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For trail information, visit www.annestravels.net/zapata-falls/

Pool Below Zapata Falls

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Pool Below Zapata Falls

The pool below Zapata Falls near Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. For trail information, visit www.annestravels.net/zapata-falls/