* Guidebook to hiking, biking, or climbing in the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
* Details unlimited recreational opportunities for the park's 225,000 annual visitors
* 210 color photographs and 40 color maps
* Color-coded tabs and activity symbols for quick reference
Nowhere else in North America do alpine tundra, tall forests of evergreen and aspen, and massive desert dunes meet so dramatically as in our nation's newest crown jewel. This book is the essential guide to one of the nation's newest national parks. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve earned this status in 2003, and became an instant treasure both for Coloradans and vacationers everywhere.
About the Author
DIANE WINGER has been a rock climber since the 1980s but admits her favorite activity now is trekking around the globe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've lived in Colorado for many years, and have been to the Great Sand Dunes a few times, but didn't realize what I was missing! This book has numerous hikes - for all abilities - to fascinating destinations like the 'Ghost Forest' or the culturally peeled trees or to the highest caves in the US. It also talks about other places to visit in the area, museums, unusual sights (the alligator farm), restaurants, places to stay, and more. We can hardly wait to plan a multi-day trip back to really explore The Dunes and the surrounding mountains!
This is one of the most attractive and useful guidebooks I own -- and I own quite a few. There are hundreds of color photos, maps, and helpful charts (for example: hikes by duration). It contains numerous hikes of every level, covering a wide area within the boundaries of the park & preserve as well as surrounding peaks, lakes, caves, waterfalls, etc. in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. For non-hikers, there is also historic and geologic information, tips on local museums and other tourist attractions, lodging, restaurants, even where to go to check your email! One thing that seemed unique about this book was the author's sense of humor. Descriptions of things to do and places to go are usually pretty dry in many guidebooks, but thats not the case here. I often found myself chuckling at some of the comments and descriptions. I highly recommend this book -- and I recommend a visit to the Great Sand Dunes!
I've visited Great Sand Dunes a few times in the past, but I can hardly wait to plan another trip now that I've looked at this book. I had no idea there were so many other places to hike and camp and explore in the area. The diversity of scenery is amazing. I want to go see places like the 'ghost forest', peer into some of the Marble Caves, wade up to Zapata Falls, and check out the old cabins of early settlers. There are hundreds of photos that will make you want to pack up the car and head to 'the dunes' for a week of camping and exploring.