Exploring America’s Big Sandbox: Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

In Backpacking, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , ,   |   1 Comment

By Michael Lanza

We walk along the crest of giant sand dunes as narrow as the peak of a roof, watching sand cascade down either side under our boots, and listening to it “singing” with squeaks and booms. Mouse-size kangaroo rats roam the dunes, leaping five feet into the air. At night, shooting stars arc like flaming arrows through a pitch-black sky.

It’s late November—a time of year that most backpackers keep their gear stowed away for the winter while they dream of next year’s big trips. But several of us are backpacking across a 30-square-mile sea of dunes rising several hundred feet into the air in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Read this and every story at The Big Outside! Please subscribe or log in now.

Get My Free Email Newsletter

Enter your email address for updates about new stories, gear reviews, and expert tips!

One Response to Exploring America’s Big Sandbox: Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

  1. Pingback: Looking For A Great National Park Trip? Look Here | The Big Outside

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Like This Story? Get My Free Email Newsletter!

Enter your email for updates about new stories, expert tips, and gear reviews.

Grand Canyon Hiker