Explorations: Sand Dunes National Park

I don’t think I have ever used the word “otherworldly” this many times in a weekend. There is simply no other way to describe the Sand Dunes National Park, located in Southwest Colorado near Alamosa.

The drive down was long, about five hours, and barren, I think a few horror movies were set in this landscape. However, it was worth it when we woke up on Saturday morning to a view of the sand dunes. The date of formation is not officially known, but they are at least thousands, if not millions of years old. We hiked to the Star Dune which rises 755 feet from its base to its crest. I even snowboarded down it!

The next day we went to the Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Weird, wild and awesome is the only way to describe this animal habitat. What started as a Tilapia farm in the ’70s has become a refugee for alligators from all over the United States. A few brave souls signed up for the Gator Handling Class. This is not for the faint of heart. I could barely stand watching it!

We ended the weekend with a hike up Zapata Falls. Even Neeko made it to the top to enjoy the ice cold falls. Can’t wait to return again.

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Explorations: Sand Dunes National Park

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