2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Walsenburg, CO - Lathrop state Park - Site 70

Walsenburg, CO - Lathrop state Park - Site 70, another view

Walsenburg, CO - Lathrop state Park - Site 70 - the view...

Walsenburg, CO - Lathrop state Park - Site 70 - this gal...

Walsenburg, CO - Lathrop state Park - Site 70 - she noticed...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 0 - our route - 115 miles

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 1 - Pikes Peak Int'l Speedway just...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 2 - a few rolling hills in...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 3 - but also a lot of...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 4 - Pueblo, CO turned out to...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 5 - the hills are getting larger...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 6 - the outskirts of Colorado City,...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 7 - one of the many small...

Colorado Springs to Walsenburg, CO 8 - Downtown Walsenburg - not very...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 0 - our route - 151 miles round...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 1

Great Sand Dunes Trip 2

Great Sand Dunes Trip 3 - Fall is here at this altitude....

Great Sand Dunes Trip 4

Great Sand Dunes Trip 5

Great Sand Dunes Trip 6 - it looks like the mountains here...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 7 - part of the dunes

Great Sand Dunes Trip 8 - more of the dunes

Great Sand Dunes Trip 9 - the end of the dune field...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 10 - how the dunes are formed

Great Sand Dunes Trip 11

Great Sand Dunes Trip 12

Great Sand Dunes Trip 13 - this area is where everyone accesses...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 14 - some starting the climb up the...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 15 - these are a little farther up

Great Sand Dunes Trip 16 - this is Medano Creek which is...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 17 - Libby is getting her ration of...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 18 - most of the road is sand...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 19 - view of the dunes from Medano...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 20

Great Sand Dunes Trip 21 - a large bison herd on a...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 22 - Prairie Sunflowers

Great Sand Dunes Trip 23 - it's funny how different the route...

Great Sand Dunes Trip 24 - didn't I say it was fall

Great Sand Dunes Trip 25


Our trip from the Air Force Academy to Lathrop State Park just West of Walsenburg, CO covered 115 miles over mostly high desert. It was all interstate except the last five or six miles so was an easy drive. We did feed the Mothership after we got to Walsenburg at 3.79 for diesel.

We have a huge, pull-through site at the state park with 50 amps but no water or sewer. We have good Verizon coverage and short Pinon pines cover the area so satellite access was easy as well.

Thursday we headed for the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve about 75 miles West of here. It was a pretty drive through another mountain pass and the dunes were a lot like the White Sands near Alamogordo, NM but a different color and no roads into the dunes like there were at White Sands. We did take the Medano Creek Road which is a primitive road. It didn't go all the way through to the pass since it was closed due to wash outs about five miles in. Since it didn't go all the way to the pass we turned around early when the sand started getting really deep and loose. We couldn't see getting stuck, even in four-wheel drive when all it was doing was driving around the edge of the dunes. They recommended reducing tire pressure to 15 pounds and we really didn't want to mess with that!

This was our last stop in Colorado as we head for Raton, NM tomorrow where we plan to visit the Capulin Volcano National Monument.

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