The Great Sand Dunes were designated as a National Monument in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed an Act designating the area as a National Park and Preserve.
As a child I had visited here with my family on summer vacation. Who knew, some 40 years later, I would be back with my own children. Or that my son would be attending college in the area.
The dunes sit to the west of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and are the tallest in North America, rising about 750 feet above the floor of the San Luis Valley.
The perimeter of the dunes is surrounded by Medano Creek which only flows during the spring and summer months. (The dark area below is the water line.)
You actually have to cross the creek to get to the dunes which I found so interesting. When I think of dunes, I think of desert where water is scarce.
It would have taken forever to even try to get to the top, so we only walked up a couple of dunes. Definitely a work out. Going back down was the easy part.
As we were leaving I found this.
"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."
Have a blessed day.