2011 Celebration Journey travel blog

Our campsite at San Luis Lakes State Parki

Sangre de Cristo Mountains as seen from the campground

The mountains at sunset

Mountains and the lake at sunset

Early morning storm over the mountains

It was stormy over the mountains in the morning

Sangre de Cristo Mountains later in the day

Beth enjoying the beautiful views

We made it to the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great sand dunes

The sand dunes are at the base of the mountains

If you look hard you will see the people climbing the dune

The clouds cast shadows on the dunes

Dunes and mountains

Really big dines

We saw these mule deer on the way to the Zapata Falls...

Henry and Blondie at the dunes

Henry and Blondie at Zapata Creek

Blondie likes the water after all that sand!

Zapata Creek

Zapata Creek

Zapata Creek

More clouds over the mountains

Beautiful end to a beautiful day


We spent two nights at San Luis Lakes State Park near the Great Sand Dunes National Park. From our campsite we could see the lake and the Sangre de Christo Mountains. The name means "Blood of Christ". The only downside to the campground was the wind. It was really blowing when we were there.

Our second day there we drove to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The sand is very fine and soft and very difficult to walk across. We decided not to try to climb the dunes and went a few miles outside the park to drive up a gravel road in search of Zapata Falls. When we got to the end of the road we hiked on a trail to Zapata Creek. The only way to get to the waterfall was to wade in the stream so we decided to head back to the campground. It started snowing on us when we got back to the truck!



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