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You’ll Want To Add This Marvelous National Park To Your Colorado Bucket List

Now that temperatures are beginning to slowly decline (keyword being “slowly”), it is the perfect time to get outside and take in all of the glory and majesty that is the great state of Colorado. Before you start making your must see list, you will want to check out this iconic National Park that combines equal parts sand, scenery and surprises.

Welcome to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve; a southwest Colorado treasure that was originally created as the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in 1932 and changed (by Congress) in 2004 to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Believe it or not, the National Park section of the area is comprised of an unprecedented 44,246 acres of sand while the Preserve houses another whopping 41,686 acres, totaling an estimated 5 billion cubic meters within only 30 square miles. Crazy, right? While you’re picking your jaw up off the floor, listen to this: underneath much of the sand is actually water, which is why the area was designated a National Park (to keep the precious resource protected). Keep that in mind the next time you walk along the 140 degree sand during the dead of summer…

What else makes this area a must visit? To give a few examples:

Uncover even more unique Colorado outings by clicking on 10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In Colorado!

Annie
Annie is a wife, mom, new homeowner, and blogger with a love of God, family, and chicken nachos (in that order).