Colorado: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve


Visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was probably one of my favorite things on this trip and I’d go back in a moment. The landscape is so surreal. I knew where we were going but its one thing to know and another to see the giant dunes rising up above you. Walking on them and they are seemingly endless. So fantastic and beautiful.

On the way to the dunes.

This landscape just begs to be shot in black and white. The contrast of the sand and sky and clouds is beautiful. I’ve never wanted to be a minimalist photographer but with this type of landscape to act as a muse it is easy to understand the appeal.

We walked just over two miles on the dunes – that doesn’t sound like much but the sand drags at you and makes it difficult to climb. This was also the first use of our trekking poles and they worked quite well.

The buffs were great when the wind picked up to keep the sand off of our faces. They are also great sun protection. In Belize the fishing guides and dive masters wear them to protect their faces from the glare off the ocean. After using one on the sand dunes I agree that they are great because their was a glare coming off that hot sand.

I highly suggest visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Just make sure to wear the right shoes, that sand gets hot. Have you ever been to this magical national park? If so, what did you think? Safe travels and remember to leave no trace as you explore.

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!


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