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