Colorado July 2005
After spending two days in Santa Fe and one day in Taos, we visited the Great Sand Dunes
National Park in southeastern Colorado. The dunes cover an area of approximately 39 square miles
and are up to 750 feet high. They are the product of wind and rain eroding the San Juan and
Sangre De Cristo Mountain Ranges which ring the San Louis Valley in which the dunes are located.
The sand collecter here because the prevailing winds across the valley blow in this direction and
meet winds blwoing in the opposite direction. The sand drops to the valley floor and is held in
place by water flowing from the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. So, over the course of millenia, the
dunes have built up where they are today. But as the winds still blow, the sand still moves and the
deposit of sand still grows.
Once we arrived in Breckenridge, we had a great week hiking, biking, fishing, etc.
Hiking the North Tenmile Canyon north of
Frisco
Biking to Copper
Mountain.
One day, we took the chairlift up Peak 8 to get a close look at the Horsehoe Bowl. As my wife does
not ski, she had never been up there.
Horseshoe Bowl
We walked down to the Peak 8 Base
Area and it started to rain.
While in Colorado, Patrick turned 11. His friend Ramey from Vail joined us for a couple of days.
They spend an entire day at the Fun Park at Peak 8 doing the alpine slide, trampoline, climbing wall,
etc., etc.
One day, I wanted to hike up Quandary Peak, my first 14,000 footer. While I did this, Patrick and
my wife went horseback riding. Click here to see pictures of my hike up Quandary Peak.