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Great Sand Dunes National Park
The Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in the San Louis Valley in southern Colorado. It is on the east side of the valley nestled against the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The elevation of the sand dunes is about 7500 feet and the backdrop include peaks that tower over 14,000 ft. The sand is piled up by prevailing southwesterly winds. The combination of a rich sand source, strong winds, and tall mountains blocking the movement of sand result in the tallest sand dunes in North America. Although sand dunes are the main attraction of Great Sand Dunes National Park, there is a rich variety of wildlife and birds that make their homes here. I hope these photos capture some of the wonder of this unique place. To see the text for each photo, view in full size. To remove the text from the image click the chevron at the bottom of the page.