Tag Archive: Colorado National Parks

Feb 23

Spruce Tree House: Mesa Verde National Park


Spruce Tree House offers a window to the pre-Columbian times of the desert southwest.  The third largest cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park. Situated in a deep overhang. Spruce Tree House has 114 rooms and eight kivas. Due to its protective shelter the Spruce Tree House is the best preserved cliff dwelling area in …

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Dec 17

Mesa Verde National Park


Mesa Verde National Park is a fascinating window into pre-Columbian civilization.  A World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde National Park protects over 5,000 archeological areas.   This also includes 600 cliff dwellings the main reason that we visited the park.  The cliff dwellings were amazing to see.  For the life of me, no mechanized tools and still …

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Nov 05

Montville Nature Trail: Great Sand Dunes National Park


The Montville Nature Trail provides a nice little stroll located on the opposite side of the sand dune parking lot on the main park road.  At just over a mile this nature trail is right for just about any hiker.  The trail goes through a forested area for most of the trail which makes it …

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Oct 11

Great Sand Dunes: Visitor Center & Nature Trail


One of the great things about the Great Sand Dunes National Park is that it has one outstanding unique scenic viewpoint and you can see it from the deck of its visitor center.  Seeing the sand dunes at the base of Sangre de Cristo Mountains provides for a dramatic contrast of land forms.  Of course, …

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Aug 30

Medano Creek: Great Sand Dunes National Park


Medano Creek is where you will probably have the most fun during a visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park.  I know that was true for us.  As interesting as it was to hike up the sand dunes and see sunrise from the top Medano Creek was a whole lot more fun and effortless to …

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Aug 04

High Dune: Great Sand Dunes National Park


When planning a trip to the Southeastern part of Colorado, I knew one of the things I had to see while I was there was the Great Sand Dunes National Park and more specifically hiking the sand dunes there.  I had never been there and for some crazy reason I had it stuck in mind …

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Jul 06

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Dunes at Sunrise


I had never been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and was excited at the possibility of photographing such a unique place.  Probably not too many places in the world where there are towering mountains, large sand dunes, and a creek.  Knowing it was late June I figured the most enjoyable time to photograph was …

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