|what you see as you approach the park|
But I remembered how difficult it was walking up them, and how I wanted to go farther but we weren't prepared. At that time, I didn't know about elevation sickness, and we did this the day after we arrived in Colorado. We also only had one water bottle between the two of us. So, I prepared a little more for this trip. I told my family to start drinking water before they flew out, it was not on the itinerary until day 3 or 5...so that would help. I also got a few extra camel backs. Originally it was scheduled earlier in the day when the sun wasn't as strong...but it ended up being midday the day, I'd figure it out.
|Probably doesn't look as steep as it was|
The highest dune in the park is Star Dune at 750 feet. I'd say that my brother-in-law and a nephew made it to 725 feet to one of the peaks. I probably made it 680 feet or so...but stayed behind with some of the other kids who were exhausted.
Then we headed back down. Going down was easier than going up of course. I wish I thought to bring/rent those sand boards because it looked fun...and cardboard didn't really work so well. There is a restaurant/visitor shop right before the entrance that rents them....you don't need to go as far as Alamosa first.
Our little sand hike took about 2 hours. Our trip ended right before the afternoon rain. I wish we got there earlier so we had more time...but it was another fabulous trip! One I know the family will talk about for a while.