Trip Reports: Great Sand Dunes Megaloop - March 2009

For four days this past week, I did a big loop trek around the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado.  The weather was very cold at night, but the days were nice and sunny and not too hot - perfect weather for trekking through the dunes.  Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip.
Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, Sand Ramp Trail, photo

Dunes Tree

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

As you hike up the Sand Ramp Trail along the eastern side of the dunes at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, it's amazing to see how the pine forest meets the desolate expanse of sand dunes. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, sunset, photo

Dunes Western Sunset

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Sunset light illuminates the dunes along the remote western portion of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, photo

Dune Mammoth

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

The sensuous forms of the dunes create interesting shapes in the light and shadow. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Star Dune, Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, sunset, photo

Star Dune Sunset

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Warm sunset light shines on Star Dune, the tallest dune in the national park.  Star Dune rises 750 feet above the San Luis Valley, making it the tallest dune in all of North America. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, sunset, San Luis Valley, photo

Dunes Sunset

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Sunset over the San Luis Valley, as seen from in the dunes. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, twilight, photo

Blue Dunes

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Looking west at the twilight sky over the San Luis Valley, as seen from the western part of the Great Sand Dunes. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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dusk, Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, photo

Dunes Dusk

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

A calm evening deep in the Great Sand Dunes, looking north at the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the San Luis Valley. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, Sangre de Cristos, Mount Herard, photo

Ocean of Sand

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Mount Herard and the Sangre de Cristos rise above the Great Sand Dunes. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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You can read a little bit more about the trip on my blog.  This was about the sixth or seventh time I've visited the dunes.  See all of my Great Sand Dunes photos here.