If you’re well rehearsed in the Colorado lifestyle, you know that being outdoors and underneath the sun and stars is one of the most popular things to do, all year round. Colorado offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for one to embark on, and one of the most unique ones is to head down south to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. These sand dunes have formed over thousands of years as sand from streams and lakes on the San Luis Valley floor have been carried by winds, thus resulting in the massive playground of gigantic sand mountains.
From anywhere in the Denver metro location, getting to the sand dunes will take you between 3 and 4 hours depending on your rate of travel. Although it’s a long drive, it’s a beautiful one, with wide open fields, towering mountains, and sunflowers decorating the sides of the streets. Once you arrive at the dunes, you park and can go wherever you please.
The sand dunes can offer a great day trip, or can be a great backpacking trip for the more serious adventurer. On the drive home from the sand dunes, it is also recommended to check out Zapata Falls, which is a short and simple hike that lands you at the bottom of a hidden waterfall. It is recommended that water shoes are worn as you are required to walk up a river.
Cover Photo: National Park Service
Sunflower Shot: Eyediola Photography
Dune Photos: Sloan Mclin