“On the road again…” Pt. II

[Categories: Photography, Travel, Travel photography, Photography 101 Forever]

The Great Sand Dunes National Park.  Not to be missed.  Definitely a bucket list item.

There are many great dunes in the world but if you’re not likely to visit Namibia, Morocco, or Mongolia; Atacama, Athabasca, or even Death Valley in the near future, these are here in the heart of the Rockies.  If you then feel the need to go climb a rock there are 9 Colorado Fourteeners in the region.  (Fourteeners are the 53 Colorado peaks rising between 14,001′ and 14,433′, not counting 5 others 14+k but that do not rise more than 300′ above ground level despite their elevation.  That’s another story.)

It’s a bit of a walk across the shallow creek bed, dry this time of year, to the base of the dunes.  Then it is up, up, and up.

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See the ants on top of the dunes.  Click, scroll down, click, zoom, rinse, repeat:

The afternoon wanes:

The next morning we view the dunes from Zapata Falls, about 7 miles south.  It is a VERY rocky 3 miles of road up to the trailhead but even some cars do it.  The falls are a trickle we’re told, as even this time of year they require a bit of stream wading, from which we defer.  The distant views are spectacular however.

A thrilling roller-coaster sandy-road jeep ride takes us to the east side of the dunes.  They are HUGE and these photos don’t do them justice.

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Soon after we are on the road again to Taos, New Mexico.

To be continued…

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About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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8 Responses to “On the road again…” Pt. II

  1. Great post and a place I need to get to … only about 5 hours away for me!

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Gorgeous breathing spaces John. Love the photos!

  3. ralietravels says:

    Glad to see your pictures. We will get there someday. We had planned on visiting in April, but an 8 inch snowfall was forcast! We kept on moving away from the storm.

  4. Wow. Looks so beautiful. Sunset photo is lovely John.

  5. frankiekay says:

    Is this with a tour group? So many people!

  6. girlandworld says:

    The pics are so well captured and post is interesting too

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