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Great Sand Dunes National Park

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For those who grow tired of walking the dunes, piggy-back rides are sometimes used as an alternative traveling method. Photo by Scott Franz

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The base of the vast sand dune field provides the perfect place for a game of football. Photo by Scott Franz

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The ever-changing light and wind help to create spectacular sand patterns on the dunes. Grab a photo before the wind changes it into something else. Photo by Scott Franz

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The sun sets on Colorado's sand dunes as storm clouds roll over Mount Herard. Photo by Scott Franz

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Two friends hike a steep dune to sled down it. Snowshoes and cross-country skis also can be used to traverse the dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Two boys begin the hike up the sand dunes at sunrise. The dunes offer many opportunities to ski, sled and hike. Photo by Scott Franz

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When the sun goes down, the Pinyon Flats campground is a great place to stargaze. Photo by Scott Franz

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Medano Creek creates some unique ripples as it glides along the sand at the base of the dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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There are many patterns to be found in the sprawling field of sand dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Wind from an approaching storm whips ups sand on the dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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Medano Creek slowly runs at the base of the sand dunes. Photo by Scott Franz

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