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Pictured: A visitor treks up the homestretch of the dunes' peak at sunset. —Photo by Lucy Beaugard


This is part of a weekly series published fresh on Thursday mornings.


Temperatures might be in the 90s now, but summer’s end always seems to sneak up on us. So we’re planning ahead for one of Colorado’s most spectacular transition-season getaways: the Great Sand Dunes. Cooler air makes for cooler sand, which means you can take advantage of hiking up, sliding down, and camping on this peculiar terrain.

Read our Insider’s Guide To Great Sand Dunes National Park.


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