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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve ~ ~ #Eco #travel #green #parks #colorado #dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve ~ ~ #Eco #travel #green #parks #colorado #dunes

The nation’s sandbox is found in southern Colorado. The heart of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a dune field that spreads out for nearly 30 square miles. The park’s main dune field — there are other, smaller ones — is six miles across at its widest point and up to eight miles long. Great Sand Dunes has the tallest dunes in North America. Star Dune rises 750 feet from its base and High Dune rises 650 feet. But, as they say on TV, that’s not all. Elevations in the park range from 7,520 feet above sea level to 13,604 feet at Tijeras Peak. In between you’ll find stands of aspen, spruce and pine, tundra, alpine lakes and six mountain peaks higher than 13,000 feet. History President Herbert Hoover established great Sand Dunes National Monument in 1932. The U.S. Congress passed the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000, which authorized the expan...

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