We spent most of spring break here in Summit County, but did get away for a few days at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It was our 13 year old daughter Heather who lead the charge... she wanted to try duneskiing! We did some research, learned it wasn't all that exciting, very hard on equipment, and not very thrilling. But she wanted to prove it for herself and it made for a pretty good family trip!
We stayed at the Great Sand Dunes Lodge - just south of the park entrance - and were quite happy with the lodge and the location! It is all about 20 miles from the main highway and 35 miles from Alamosa... so plan on a couple hours out of your drive if you're driving past! The restaurant was closed, but luckily we knew that the lodge had warned us ahead of time and brought burgers to be cooked on their grills.
The winds are high in spring in the San Luis Valley and the temperature was cold while we were there.... in the 20s at night and getting up to 50 during the day. We needed full warm attire to fight the winds on the dunes... but with hiking and the protection of the dunes, it was a great experience!
You lose perspective out there in all that sand... we all talked about getting vertigo occasionally, not knowing exactly how far away things were. Or how steep the hills really were. But we did learn what others before us did - skiing or boarding is better on snow with a chairlift! Oh yes and PROTECT your electronics from sand... cameras, ipods, phones... I brought an OLD camera, but Tyler has a malfunctioning ipod touch from too much sand!
My favorite photos....