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Great Sand Dunes National Park, cranes, Colorado

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Mosca, Colorado

Home to North America's tallest sand dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park makes for a strange sight, as the massive dunes seem to be challenging the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains for attention. This wilderness preserve offers unspoiled nature as well as plenty of opportunities to try your hand at sand-boarding and careen down one of these giants. On the way out, stop at the "beach" where the sand flats meet up with Medano Creek, providing a shallow oasis for cooling off. 

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