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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Great Sand Dunes NP

Updated: Mar 6

We spent 3 days in the Pinon Flats Campground at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The campground has 44 primitive sites that are spaced out nicely. It is at 8,500 feet of elevation which made for cool nights and mornings.

Our campsite

The dunes were awesome being the tallest dunes in North America. The tallest is 750 feet high. The sand is piled up at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains by the prevailing winds.

The photographic opportunities were endless with mornings & evenings being our favorite times to photograph. The sunrises & sunsets were incredible. The shadows cast by the low angle of light at these times made numerous photo ops.

I walked out to the dunes from the trail and started up just to see how hard it was to climb and I think I made it maybe a fifth of the way up before I stopped and took some photos and then started back down.

Our day trip to Zapata Falls was really interesting in that you had to try and keep your feet dry as you made your way up South Zapata Creek into a cave where the falls cascaded down into the cave. It was great fun and we had a great time hiking around the area.

Lorna's Tips and Lessons

Folding tables may be small, but they're a big game-changer when it comes to campsite convenience. They're incredibly lightweight and take up minimal space, yet they come in handy for a wide range of uses. Whether you need a spot to set up your portable ice maker, work on crafts, or just relax at the campground, a folding table is the perfect solution. They're easy to pack up and take with you on the road, and when you arrive at your destination, they're quick to set up and provide an instant surface for whatever you need. Don't let limited space cramp your style - add a folding table to your gear and enjoy all the extra functionality it brings!

On to Mesa Verde National Park


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