Leaving the Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park

Looking for a quick get-away over Memorial Day weekend, Jen and I took a day trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The sand dunes were created by wind and water carrying sand down from the mountains, while a very strong and steady wind from the southeast blows the sand back towards the mountains. The highest dune, Star Dune, is the tallest sand dune in North America at 750 feet.

 
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
The Medano River
The Medano River
Jen Crosses the Medano River
Jen Crosses the Medano River
 
High Dune #1
High Dune #1
The summit is 650 feet high.
Footprints
Footprints
High Dune #2
High Dune #2
We don't seem to be getting much closer...
 
"We're not seriously going up there?"
"We're not seriously going up there?"
"I'll wait here."
"I'll wait here."
Jabba the Hut's sand pit?
Jabba the Hut's sand pit?
 
A Very Windy Self Photo
A Very Windy Self Photo
And the end of the trail for me.
Effects of the Wind
Effects of the Wind
Looking South
Looking South
 
Returning across the Medano River
Returning across the Medano River
Leaving the Park
Leaving the Park