320 The Great Sand Dunes
Ask anyone about the outdoors in Colorado and the rough and rugged Rocky Mountains are undoubtedly the first thing that comes to mind. But travel just a few hours south of Denver and you’ll find yourself in a landscape that looks positively Saharan.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park contains North America’s tallest dunes and is a fascinating ecosystem locked in by the Sangre de Christo Mountains and an expansive high desert plain. Some of North America’s oldest archaeological finds are here too.
The dunes themselves are one of my favorite places for natural abstracts. Especially early in the morning when the night breezes have smoothed out the sand and created new textures. As the sun peeks over the alpine peaks of the Sangre de Christos it creates an appealing mix of contrasts and shapes in the sand.