The Shifting Landscapes of Great Sand Dunes National Park

Described as Colorado’s most unexpected natural wonder, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve presents itself as a spectacular paradox: magnificent towering sand dunes (the tallest in North America) juxtaposed by the snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range to the east and green grasslands to the west.

A photographer’s paradise and magnet to adventurous spirits in search of stunning and dramatic scenery, Great Sand Dunes certainly doesn’t disappoint. Throw in the unique ability to camp out in the dunes themselves and it’s not hard to recognize this as a very special place.

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AdrienAn avid hiker, photographer, and native Australian living in the United States, Adrien embodies the Aussie lust for exploration and adventure. His passion for photography has led him across the globe in search of beauty and wonder, from the deserts of Morocco to the steamy jungles of the Amazon and majestic peaks of the Himalayas. Adrien posts his favorite photos from his journeys on or follow him on Google+ and Instagram.

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