Southern Colorado around the city of Mosca, you will find harsh desert-like conditions. The sandy dirt is unfit for anything except ranches and wildlife. You can find cattle, snakes, and the beautiful San Luise Reservoir. In the middle of dry winds and sand is this beautiful body of water filled with fish and the occasional duck. The reeds and dark sandy shore make for a refreshing walk.
If you look past the reservoir, you can spot The Great Sand Dunes National Park nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Range. The red sand sticks out as an unlikely site with the tallest dune standing over 700 feet.
This is one of the most stunning landscapes if you’re looking for breathtaking views of a rising moon. If you’re up early enough you can watch the moon dip below the horizon as the sun emerges. By far some of the most beautiful mornings I have ever seen.
Between the purple mountains and the pink sunsets, if you haven’t been to the area you need to go! It is well worth the trip and a few nights stay. If you can camp I highly recommend it, and book your reservation well in advance especially if you’re planning a trip for early summer. Bring lots of water!
For more information on The Great Sand Dunes National Park, visit their facebook page here.