Exploration: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Next stop on our road trip: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Alamosa/Mosca, Colorado. The dunes come out of nowhere – you are surrounded in mountains and plains and then BAM: dunes.

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We rented a sand board, much like a sled, from a shop in town and attempted to sled down! We found out early that since the sand was so hot, we had to apply a lot more wax than we expected.

Dunes from the entrance road.
Dunes from the entrance road.

So, we spent the morning sledding in the dune field after off-roading to the Sand Pit area via the Medano Pass Primitive Road!

4-wheel drive only!

Check out some of these action shots:

Charlotte - the speck - heading up to the top.
Charlotte – the speck – heading up to the top.
Woohoo! Sledding down was super fast!
Woohoo! Sledding down was super fast!
Me heading up the dune!
Me heading up the dune!
..and me heading down!
..and me heading down (making sure to close my mouth – the sand went everywhere!)

Obviously, we got covered in sand. And it was so hot that our feet were feeling a little burnt.

The sand doesn't look dark, but it was dark on our skin. Check out how much sand stuck to my sunscreen!
The sand doesn’t look dark, but it was dark on our skin. Check out how much sand stuck to my sunscreen!

To cool off our feet, we sat in Medano Creek, which separates the road from the dunes.

Medano Creek
Medano Creek

After de-sanding and drinking some water, we headed over to the more popular Mosca Creek area to take more photos, of course.

Charlotte as a speck in the distance.
Charlotte (or is it me??) as a speck in the distance.

Well, now we can say we’ve sand-sledded in Colorado. Next stop, Colorado Springs.

Thank you, Dunes NP!
Thank you, Dunes NP!

*All photos are mine except Dunes map.

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