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Old 03-15-2012, 09:48 AM
Location: N. Colorado
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Meh who cares if it is green you are there for the sand I have driven down there twice, once on the way to Taos we stopped for the day, much cooler then the NM part of the trip lol. Then we went down again a year or so later just to go to the Dunes, both trips were in the Summer; neither time was the stream anything more then a trickle.
Yes it was hot, the sand wasn't too bad a temp, we kept our shoes on for the most part but when we had them off it was not burning our feet.

Bring water, we hiked up to the top, it is murder on your legs and you get dried out pretty quickly. Nothing slids down it well, we tried a few different things but you mostly just sink. Would have been cool to shoot down a dune, but oh well.

If you are truly bored then go to the Alligator place in Alamosa.

Walsenburg looked like such a cute and kind of touristy town the first time we drove through it, the next time we drove through (which was within in 2 years) it looked like it was dying
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:59 AM
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Be smart and protect your camera! Wish I'd have thought to at least keep mine in a baggy. The wind and sand ruined mine.
Also, like others have said- the 2-85 is a nice drive if you've got the time.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:48 AM
Location: Loveland Colorado
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It can get cold in march. It is usualy more fun if the river is flowing. If you have never been to the sandunes it is well worth going.

Unique to Colorado - Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:09 PM
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I plan on heading down on Thursday. From Colorado Springs, is there anything worth seeing if I go 24/285 route? Or should I just take I25, get there faster and spend more time at the dunes?
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