As we approached The Great Sand Dunes we were sure that we were coming up to a lot of rain as the sky ahead looked as if rain was pouring down. However, it turned out to be a windstorm and it was sand from the dunes that we were seeing.
We had a wonderful campsite in which to enjoy both the mountains and the dunes! We had hoped to stay in the park, but they were full. It turned out to be a blessing as the mosquitoes at the park were ferocious due to the Medano Creek drying up for the summer and leaving a perfect mosquito breeding ground. Fortunately, once you were up on the dunes, the mosquitos were not an issue.
Bryce decided that we all needed to climb to one of the highest dunes, cleverly named, High Dune. It was really hard! Not only was it steep and in high altitude, but climbing in sand is no joke (loose sand, not packed sand), but climb we did and we made it to the top!
We also checked out a waterfall. It was pretty, but crowded, probably the most crowded trail we've been on the whole trip.
There was amazing stargazing! You could see every star in the sky and the milky way. Harris LOVED it and he loved taking pictures of them. I think these pictures of the Milky Way are pretty amazing.
Next stop.... Mesa Verde National Park