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Great Sand Dunes | Colorado

I live in Colorful Colorado and even though I want to travel the world I have yet to find a place that I would rather live. I thought I would share one of my favorite destinations with you today.

THE GREAT SAND DUNES. Southern Colorado.

Nestled against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Great Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in North America. These dunes cover more than 330 square miles.

I braved the harsh wind with Alex and our friend’s daughter. We only made it to the 2nd sand dune! I really don’t know how people make it to the top of the dunes! This picture was taken late in the day, thankfully, or the sand would have been too hot to walk barefoot.

Black and white version with Medano Creek in the foreground.

Parker walking in Medano Creek. It was late in the day, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Now, the next day was a different story. It looked more like a crowded Florida beach.

Find more pictures on my at Flickr.

There was a forest fire all weekend (2010) in the mountains behind the dunes. It was caused by a lightning strike but the Forest Service was doing a controlled burn to rejuvenate the dead forest. We watched at night the red flames flicker in the forest. Luckily we did not smell the smoke from the fire.

Zapata Falls (after the jump)

Zapata Falls is just a few miles from the Sand Dunes. It is a 1/2 mile hike up to the falls, then you must walk through the freezing cold creek to get the falls located inside a cavern. And when I say “freezing”, I really mean it is bone-chilling-painfully-cold-water!

Hiking up into the falls through the creek. (What is up with the color on this photo? I need a DSLR in a bad way!) Anyway, we went in groups (there was 12 of us total) because the water was so cold we had to stop on rocks to give our feet a break before continuing on into the falls.

The girls waiting their turn to hike up further into the cavern. There was 5 little girls on this trip!

This is the last stop before going into the cavern. Take a deep breath and go for it!

Looking back down the creek from the last stop before going into the cavern.

Into the cavern…

And for the reward…My pictures don’t really do Zapata Falls justice, you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s awe-inspiring. FYI-the white area in the upper left corner is ice!

View of the Great Sand Dunes from the falls (the dunes are in the middle with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background).


One comment on “Great Sand Dunes | Colorado

  1. Janet from FL
    March 19, 2015

    Super pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

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