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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

We visited Great Sand Dunes National Park at Labor Day long weekend in 2012. The main feature of the park is, of course, sand dunes. We did an overnight backpacking trip to stay among the dunes. After we set up the tent, we hiked High Dune and waited for sunset. There was a time weather became extremely windy. Wind blew the sand up vigorously. When the sand hit our skin it was really hurt.

On next day, we got up at around 5 AM, then hiked up to wait for sunrise. After sunrise, while temporature was still low, we hiked Star Dune, which is known as the tallest dune in North America. The hike was not too far but it was very strenuous. Do not underestimate it. People usually day-hike to High Dune, then return. During our stay, we did not see anyone hiked Star Dune.

The best sunrise and sunset spots are on top of the dunes. If you do not want to hike, along the paved road, vistor center provides good view for sunset. But it is not nearly as good as being on top of dunes. During our stay, I also waited for sunrise at visitor center but it did not impress me because in early morning the sun was blocked by the mountains surrounding the area.

We also hiked Mosca Pass Trail but we were not impressed.

Sunset, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sunset

The photo was taken at visitor center


Sun Beams, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sun Beams

The photo was taken on top of High Dune at about half hour before sunset.


Wave, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Wave

The last light before sunset.


Sunset, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sunset


Sunrise, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sunrise


Sunrise, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sunrise


Rainbow on Sand Dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Rainbow on Sand Dunes

The photo was taken in early morning, on the way to Star Dune.


Sand Dunes and Shadows, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sand Dunes and Shadows


Sand Dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sand Dunes


Top of Star Dune, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Top of Star Dune

The tallest dune in North America.


Sunset at countryside, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Sunset at countryside

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