Clicking the pics might magically transport you to the top of a dune. If that happens, which is doubtful, you will be required to get yourself down without any Wizardry.
Any other time I've been to the Sand Dunes all the people you see in this picture would be walking in water. But now, not so much.
I got to the Sand Dunes National Park, which is only about 10 miles from where I'm camped, just about when the park opened. I want to get an early start because it was supposed to start raining and acting stormy after lunch. That turned out to be a wise decision on my part because the weather did get pretty bad right after I got back to the little Bronco camper.
Thank goodness there were no mosquitoes, I guess it's been to dry for those miserable critters to survive, so I was able to snap some pictures without having to cover myself in repellent.
Every time I go there, I'm reminded that there's really nothing to do at the Sand Dunes National Park. Other than walk around a little bit, take some pictures and watch the young, healthy, and ignorant, people climb to the top of those sand dunes for no other reason than to say they did it, as if anybody cares. Been there, done that.
I did see something there that I've never seen before, which may explain the lack of mosquitoes. Every time I've been to the Dunes, a creek flows at the sand dunes base, and you have to walk through it to get to the sand dunes. This creek is about 100 yards wide and around 2 inches deep. It's so shallow that you can walk across it without getting your shoes wet in some places. It''s always been there whenever I've gone to the sand dunes. But this time, there was nothing but dry sand where the creek used to be.
It's a good thing I had the State Wildlife Area to camp at because the Sand Dunes National Park campground was full. Which was pretty much my experience everywhere else I went. There are still a whole bunch of people running around in the Colorado mountains. I didn't do any serious counting, but it did seems to me that I saw a bunch of car tags from California. I hear that California's been locked down kind of tight, so maybe California folks don't have jobs to go to, so there throwing their camping gear in the car and heading for the Colorado mountains.
The little Bronco camper in the Sand Dunes National Park parking lot waiting for the sun to come up.
Some of the sand dunes against the mountain backdrop.
A handful of people struggling through deep sand to reach the top of the Dunes. If you've ever walked up a sand dune at the beach you'll know how difficult it is to walk on dry sand that your feet sink into. And that's why most folks at the beach walk on the hard wet sand near the water's edge. so you can imagine how difficult it is to climb a 750 foot tall dune taking two steps forward and sliding one step back.
It pays to get an early start if you want to walk to the top.
Sand Dunes National Park up against the mountains that keep all that wind blown sand in place.