Great Sand Dunes: Colorado’s Beach Without the Ocean

Sunset casts its golden light and eerie shadows across the vast sand dunes. We have just arrived, and feel like we should kick off our hiking boots and dig our toes into the silky sand. But no, it’s only about 40 degrees now, and it will get lots colder once the sun dips behind the San Juan Mountains. I shoot a few photos before dusk settles, then leave for our motel in Alamosa, anxious to return in the morning to hike and explore. A...

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America’s Tallest Sandbox: Try Dune-Hill Skiing

Outdoor aficionados might be divided into two factions – winter people and summer people. Winter people are those who live for the season when snow blankets the land. For them, nirvana is a white-clad peak where they can don skis and carve turns down never-ending runs. Summer people, on the other hand, prefer warm days, sunshine and playing on sand. True winter zealots also relish those things – but preferably with skis on. For the...

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