Camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Our second camping trip of the summer took us to Great Sand Dunes National Park.  We arrived at the park on a Friday afternoon and set up the tent just in time for the rain to start.  It only rained for a few hours and gave us enough time to check out the sand dunes before dinner.  Apparently, we brought the one type of sled that doesn’t work for sledding down the dunes!  Sorry boys!  We will have to remember that for next time!

The next morning it was warm and sunny…the perfect day to hit the dunes.  I decided to climb up the 699′ High Dune while the boys played in Medano Creek and Chris attempted to catch up on some reading in the shade.  The hike up High Dune was one of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done, but I made it.  The view from the top was well worth it!  While I was hiking, Henry was working on his Junior Ranger badge and is now sworn in to protect nature.  We headed back to the campsite just in time for more rain to come.  After it stopped raining, we headed over to do the Dunes Overlook Trail, which you can read more about on the boys hiking blog.  We had just enough time to eat dinner before the rain started again.  It quickly became clear that this rain was not going to let up.  We finally gave up any hopes of sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows and headed to bed early.  It pretty much rained all night!

We only stayed for two nights, but we could have easily stayed for longer.  Well…I can say that now that we are home and dry.

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