Looking west off Highway 285 in south-central Colorado

Big skies, wide open spaces, imposing mountains; this is Colorado. These photos were taken in or around Great Sand Dunes National Park—the most underrated National Park in the United States.

I’ll never forget the image of the glowing orange sun in my rear view mirror as I drove down from Poncha Pass into the valley with the commanding Sangre de Cristo Mountains rising to the east.

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Great Sand Dunes with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the backgroud.

A gas pump just outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park.