Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sometimes Plan B ends up looking pretty good.

We weren’t supposed to be here.

We planned to be in Durango, CO all summer. When we ended our camphosting job early we faced a few scheduling challenges.

One was that most Colorado parks were booked for the summer. We solved that one - for a time - by heading south into New Mexico for a few weeks. It was hot, but we survived by staying in their inexpensive state parks with electric hookups and insulating our rig using refectix.

Another scheduling challenge was a shared 18th birthday party for our daughter Miranda and her friend Joel (whose family we met on our first year of travel). That was supposed to happen in Durango - now we needed a Plan B.

Plan B

Plan B ended up being a visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. It’s a favorite of the Keiter family and we found openings at nearby San Luis State Park.

I’ll let the photos (and video) tell the rest of the story:

The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.

The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.

View of the dunes across the lake.

View of the dunes across the lake.

Our rig at San Luis State Park

Our rig at San Luis State Park

The Great National Sand Dunes from the entrance road.

The Great National Sand Dunes from the entrance road.

A small river crossing on the way.

A small river crossing on the way.

Looking upstream while in the river.

Looking upstream while in the river.

Heading up into the dunes.

Heading up into the dunes.

View from the Great Sand Dunes.

View from the Great Sand Dunes.

View from the Great Sand Dunes.

View from the Great Sand Dunes.

Having found their park, the girls give it a big hug.

Having found their park, the girls give it a big hug.

Prepped for some sand sledding. Or train robbery - they weren't clear on which.

Prepped for some sand sledding. Or train robbery - they weren't clear on which.

View of the dunes from the primitive road.

View of the dunes from the primitive road.

Doing a little four-wheeling with the help of some friends.

Doing a little four-wheeling with the help of some friends.

We had some great sunsets from this spot.

We had some great sunsets from this spot.

Sunset in the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Sunset in the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Sunset in the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Sunset in the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Our sledding experience at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Other Ditchers in the Dunes

With dunes, sledding, sandboarding, offroading, and a small river to play in the Great Sand Dunes are a favorite stop for traveling families. Here are some blog posts about the dunes from other families:

Have You Been?

Have you been to do the dunes? What was your favorite part?

3 Comments Great Sand Dunes National Park

  1. Picture of Jenni Jenni July 25, 2016

    We had a blast!  Durango would have been fun too, but really, we’ve never had a bad time hanging with you guys.  Doesn’t matter where we are.

  2. Picture of Michael Boyink Michael Boyink July 27, 2016

    ...and so far, seemingly no aches or pains from sledding mishaps..;) Hope Joel recovers well from his extreme sledding moment.

  3. Picture of Eric Eric July 29, 2016

    Never heard of this spot before ... looks like yet another place to check out in Colorado!

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