My Denver Realtor Blog Of Our Hiking And Sledding Adventure At Great Sand Dunes National Park on November 12th, 2012.
Taking a break from being a Denver Realtor, we spent November 12th 2012 hiking and sledding the Great Sand Dunes. Helen had Veterans Day off and we drove up and stayed in Alamosa the night before. It was only a 4 hour drive. The temperature did not much exceed freezing during the day but the sand and exercise warmed us up quite a bit. We hiked up to High Dune which is not the highest dune. Star Dune is the highest dune. Hiking in sand was an incredibly large amount of work compared with a normal hike. But it was a lot of fun to make our own trail. Run Keeper said the we hiked round trip almost 3 miles in 2.5 hours. It’s climb estimate is under 100 feet which is totally wrong.
We originally bought saucer sleds but then changed them for different ones after watch this video produced by the National Park Service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ319JeyGek . You really need wet hard sand for good sledding. We quickly discovered that sledding the north face of the dunes was the best sledding. Even with a very steep slope you could not sled the soft sand. But the scenery was incredible and I cannot believe I never experienced this before. These are the videos of our hiking and sledding adventures. Additionally there are a lot of pictures of Helen and I and the amazing scenery of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. To learn more about Great Sand Dunes National Park go to this link http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm.