One of my earliest memories of visiting Colorado is going to the Great Sand Dunes. Of course, back then it was still just a National Monument, and didn't become a national park until the year 2004. These are the oldest photos that I have from the Sand Dunes. I would love to scan some photos of when I was little, but they are all at my mom's house in Oklahoma. This first group of photos is from August 1993.
The Great Sand Dunes are on the eastern side of the high mountain San Luis Valley and cover about 39 square miles and rise to almost 750 feet. The dunes were created by the wind and rain eroding the San Juan and Sangre De Cristo Mountains. They are always changing and always a fun and beautiful place to visit!
Here is our old Isuzu Trooper sharing the parking lot with a horse. We camped at the Sand Dunes and hiked around quite a bit. We even saw a lot of bats come out at night around the campground.
From what I remember, there was some kind of sand sculpture festival going on that week.