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GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK COLORADO
We started out early that morning before the crowds swarm over the frontal dunes. Our goal was to climb the frontal dunes and enter the back dune complex where few enter. There is no direct access up as you climb one dune to its end and then drop down into an interdune area only to climb up the next higher dune. Soft sand and steep angles do not make for an easy climb. My wife graciously allowed me to plod ahead of her at my own pace. I had just sat down after exploring a nearby dune only to see her slowly moving up the ridge in front of me. We both eventually made it to the dune crest shown on the upper right of this image. A group of three hikers are visible on the crest. One hiker told us we were on the summit of High Dune. High Dune is the third highest dune in the park rising 708 feet from its base to its crest at an elevation of 8727 feet above sea level. One has a full 360-degree view of the dune complex from this point. Only Star Dune (750 feet) and Hidden Dune (741 feet) are higher. Great Sand Dunes has the tallest dunes in North America.
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  • Taken: Oct 19, 2023
  • Uploaded: Nov 12, 2023
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2024