Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve conserves an area of large sand dunes up to 750 feet tall on the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley.  The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America. The dunes cover an area of about 30 sq mi and are estimated to contain over 1.2 cubic miles of sand. Sediments from the surrounding mountains filled the valley over geologic time. After lakes within the valley receded, exposed sand was blown by the predominant southwest winds toward the Sangre de Cristos, eventually forming the dune field over an estimated tens of thousands of years.

Picture Number: CM1_3171

Date: September 2018

Camera: Nikon D7100

ISO: 280     Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec

F-Stop: f/5.6     Lens: 140 mm

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Last updated on 3 October 2020