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Hiking and camping at the Great Sand Dunes

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Light is constantly changing the look of the sand dunes throughout the day. After a night of storms, the dunes shine as clouds start to break up. Photo by Scott Franz

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Here's your view at the end of a rigorous 2.3-mile hike on the Sand Ramp Trail in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Sunlight breaks through storm clouds to illuminate the dunes as tall mountain peaks loom beyond. Photo by Scott Franz

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The Aspen backcountry campsite, one of several along the Sand Ramp Trail, is tucked in a quiet aspen grove that has panoramic views of the entire dune field. Photo by Scott Franz

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A group of backpackers start the trip on the Sand Ramp Trail. The trail traverses an area where the vast dune field meets the foothills of the mountains. Photo by Scott Franz

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Steamboat Pilot & Today Evening Editor Vicky Ho backpacks along the Sand Ramp Trail in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Scott Franz

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Rain doesn't stop activity at the Great Sand Dunes. A woman walks on Medano Creek as rain storms pass through the area. Photo by Scott Franz

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