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Apr 30, 2017 - Sand Dunes, San Luis Lakes SP and Zapata Trail

2017-04-30. Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Lake State Park and Zapata Trail We hoped to get at least one beautiful day at the Great Sand Dunes and, this was it. Though cold enough for my winter parka, it was crystal clear with deep blue sky contrasting with the almost blinding white of the mountain tops. We went into the park and tried to cross the Medano Creek to get to the dunes so that we could climb them but....the creek is more of a braided river at this point. We started to cross the river but quickly realized that we would wind up...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Wild Weather - Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

2017-04-28.Great Sand Dunes, Colorado This entry was supposed to be written from Durango, Colorado and we did go there and checked in at the Alpen Rose RV Park, a place we stayed when we went to Durango before. We planned to stay four days, driving into the mountains and hiking some of the many trails open this time of year. There was no snow in town but high above town, the mountains were snow-covered and the Durango/Silverton steam railroad was only going part way to Silverton because of the snow. We spent a day doing laundry, food...

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May 8, 2016 - Great Sand Dune National Park, Colorado

Today’s tale has two parts. We visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We take a motorcycle ride. First, the park is very nice. We stop at the visitor center. We watch the video. I get my stamp. Our ranger tells us that we can drive to the dunes. We (I) will have to cross a creek to get to the dunes. I am up for that. When we get to the dunes, I change my mind. It is a very wide creek. It is chilly. I cannot believe how many people are walking around with wet feet. I settle for pictures. Now for the motorcycle ride. It is possible to make...

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Apr 23, 2015 - Rocky Mountains Colorado

Wow...2 nights in a row with Wi-Fi! Before leaving Nebraska this morning Mary applied the last state sticker (Nebraska) to our trailer. We purchased the outline map of the U.S.and stickers 7 years ago. We put a state on each time we travel through a new state. We've been to all 48 contiguous states in our trailer and Alaska and Hawaii on vacation. We drove 400 miles through Colorado today getting closer to home each day. The scenery today was grassland and windmills. We're camped in the Rockies tonight about 8700' elevation. Tomorrow we'll...

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Sep 19, 2014 - Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

This is a fascinating place 750' sand dunes in Colorado at 8'000'+. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Wikipedia

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Sep 4, 2014 - Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Traffic out of Denver going south at 9 AM was a bit more tolerable but I-25 is still not one of our favorite roads. At Walsenburg we took US 160 west toward Alamosa and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Passing through the Front Range towns of Fort Garland and Blanca, US 160 and then CO 150 become part of Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway, the best route to follow to explore the upper Rio Grande, the northern outpost of 16th century Spanish territorial expansion. Our RV is too big for the campgrounds within the...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Royal Gorge Railroad

This morning we took the Royal Gorge Route Railway along the Arkansas River. This was going to be the closest we got to the Royal Gorge Bridge, i.e., about 1000’ beneath it. The railway touts itself as a scenic tour, but it is a sad comparison to the truly scenic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge. The Arkansas River is fast-flowing and interesting but you are riding along on the bottom of the Royal Gorge, which has little variation in the granite cliffs on both sides on the route. We did learn some interesting facts: 1) The difference...

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Aug 12, 2014 - On to the Royal Gorge

We leisurely packed up and took off from San Luis Lakes State Park, not having a long drive today. We took the Cosmic Highway (although we didn’t know it until we were on it), Colorado 17 past Hooper. The UFO watch tower stands in the middle of the fertile San Luis Valley, just north of Hooper, Colorado. The cost is $2 if you want to enter the parcel of land and enjoy the view of several satellite dishes and various shiny objects (we didn’t). Definitely a part of Americana, or should we say, "Alienata," that you don't want to miss but we...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Hike Up Great Sand Dune!

We set our alarm for 6:04 a.m., arose, ate breakfast and headed for the dunes. We crossed the very shallow Medano River and seemed to be the earliest hikers on the “mountain.” We could tell because we were making the first set of tracks across the dunes. From close in it is hard to tell which dune is the highest but we plotted a course and started up. The ranger had told us the best routes were atop the ridges and from the Visitors Center the ridges seemed to have nice wide paths. However, this morning it was very windy and most ridges...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park

Today is a travel day. We left the KOA in Durango after a nice KOA pancake breakfast. We are cruising down Highway 160, which we have been following across southern Colorado. We stopped an interesting looking place called “Chimney Rock.” It is a large rock formation that looks like its namesake and towers over the area west of Pagosa Springs. It is the site of an Ancestral Pueblan “Great Kiva,” a multi family dwelling and a “pit house” that have been excavated and restored. A guided tour is required to view the ruins and we opted not to do...

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Jun 30, 2014 - The Great Sand Dunes

Sharon, Marsha, Susan and I left Mesa Verde and started our journey back to Colorado. We took Highway 160 through Wolf Creek Pass over the Great Divide in Colorado, which is fondly described as "37 miles o' hell!" The peak is nearly 11,000 feet almost straight up. Marsha had a few problems with her rig, but made it across and we traveled on into The Great Sand Dunes National Park. This is my third trip to the Dunes and each time I am more amazed at the sight! The tallest dunes in North America, they stand in front of the tremendous Colorado...

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Jun 25, 2014 - Great Sand Dunes N.P.

Wednesday, 25-June – Molas Lake, CO to Great Sand Dunes National Park Route taken: US-550 S → US-160 E → CO-150 N Average Gas mileage: 28.2 mpg Weather: cool (40F) in the morning, hot (80F) and sunny with light breezes in the afternoon Elevation: From about 10,500 ft to 7500 ft, back up to 10,850 ft through Wolf Creek Pass and back down to 8500 ft. Highlights: - driving the San Juan Skyway from Molas Pass back down to Durango - driving US-160 E through the Rio Grande National Forest and over the 10,850 ft. Continental Divide at Wolf...

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