Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

We’re officially on the road again with a loose agenda to travel the American West over the next 8 months. We traded in our car for a 16 year old van, built a bed in the van to make it a home and we’re off!

Have any locations that we NEED to stop at? We’d love any and all recommendations! Until then, happy travels and happy days!

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49 thoughts on “Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

  1. If you get chance on your travels, Kelso Dunes are the largest in North America, when you run down it you can hear the ‘sand singing’!

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  2. I love what you are doing! My boyfriend and I are soon to be full-time RVer’s and also plan on traveling around the Western states this year. I love connecting with fellow travelers, so please check out my blog and a follow would be greatly appreciated. I hope to document our awesome adventures and live the life everyone dreams about – like you guys already are!

    With love and light,
    – Tasha ❤

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  3. We love the southwest and in fact live there. All the places mentioned in previous comments are good and if you want something often missed by travelers go to Chaco Canyon just south of Farmington, NM. It’s an amazing place – best not in the middle of summer. Some of the places we’ve visited are on my website: http://www.here2where.wordpress.com if you’re interested in reading about our travels and our take on places. Have great fun!

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  4. Eight months is not enough time – there’s so much to see and do! I grew up traveling the West in a van with beds in it. Fun stuff!

    Highlight stops: Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado; Bishop’s Castle near San Isabel, CO; Spiral Jetty north of Salt Lake City; Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado; South Pass City, WY; and random out-of-the-way places you see signs directing you to!

    Have a great time!

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    1. Sweeeeeet! No joke we are in a 2000 Toyota Sienna right now with a platform in the back so, yep we hear yah friend! 🙂 Thanks for the info on Bishop I think we will have to hit that one forsure. Perhaps south pass as well. Not sure if we will be in CO much this year…

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  5. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Tom Brown Jr., but in his book, The Tracker, he talks about how he was raised by an Indian. It’s my favorite book of all time and probably my favorite author! I highly recommend you pick it up on Amazon for $4-5, if possible. Fantastic book. I think you would relate to him, he’s a wanderer as well 😉

    In one chapter, he talks about the Grand Tetons, and ever since reading that, I’ve wanted to go there!! If you guys can fit that in, and you don’t have to go out of your way, that would be super cool!!

    Evan

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    1. Hey we can always use a good book so thanks for that 🙂 as for going to the Tetons..yes, yes, and yes we will be going there this trip without a doubt! One of our most favorite places in the world! You should really go if you get the chance.

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  6. I won’t name the obvious spots but what about Chiracahua Nat’l Monument (AZ), Calf Creek Falls (UT), Northern Cascades Nat’l Park and Gila National Forest (NM). I wouldn’t go too far out of your way but I really liked these places on my various trips out west.

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  7. I don’t know how far south you plan to go, but southern Utah is gorgeous! The Narrows at Zion, the Delicate Arch, Bryce Canyon…. I plan on heading out there for the Perseid meteor shower in mid-August–the desert is the best place for seeing shooting stars 🙂

    Happy travels!

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  8. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Carlsbad Caverns are all worth exploring if you’re able to work those into your trip. They won’t all be multi-day backcountry trips, but they’re certainly worth looking at.

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  9. You could spent 8 months roaming Oregon alone and not see all the stuff worth seeing. But here’s a list:

    Neahkahnie Mountain on the north coast near Manzanita the entire SE quadrant, Steens Mountain, the Owyhees, Malheur, all of it Rogue River NE Oregon: Wallowa Mts.; Joseph is a marvelous little community

    If you get your noses tuned to places like that, you’ll find places that would surprise and delight you…and me too!

    Jim Stewart

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