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The Great Sand Dune National Park is an odd and beautiful combination of the tallest sand dunes and s and high mountain peaks.  For someone with the time and effort for backpacking, it offers a combination of Alpine tundra,  riparian, and dunes. Most people enjoy the wetlands and  extensive grasslands and shrublands. The children were having such a great time sliding down or playing in the water that runs along the dunes.

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This is also an area of historical volatile relations between sheepherders and cattle men, Hispanic and Anglo. The Saint Luis Valley is a high desert and more beautiful that I anticipated. I was expecting Alamosa run down but between with the tourist activities and some business the city is doing better than I expected. It has about 10,000 residents. 

 

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After discovering what this area has to offer I  plan to be back one day.