Posted by: Cross Country Couple | November 3, 2010

Day 44 … Great Sand Dunes National Park

Today we are going to stop at the Great Sand Dunes National Park on the way to Divide, CO. A quick 40 minute drive east of Alamosa lies 30 square miles of dunes including the tallest sand dune in North America. The park sits at an elevation of approximately 8000′ and the dunes rise another 750′ at the highest. There are no designated trails and visitors are welcomed to explore the area freely. Matt and I set our sights on the tallest peak we could see from the parking area.

Once we got back on the road, we drove another 3 hours to Divide, CO where we would meet up with Matt’s friend from college, Ben.

  

The hike through the sand took us up and down dunes. The air seemed thinner and each step took extra effort as the sand would slip out from under your foot. When we finally reached the summit, we pulled out the camera to capture some shots. The way back to the car was much more fun as we ran, hopped, and jumped down the dunes the whole way. Back at the parking lot, we spotted a family of deer grazing nearby. A closer look revealed four fawns and two adult deer.

Matt hiking to the top of the Great Sand Dunes.

 

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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