Star Dune - Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park

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Postby Kiefer » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:09 am

Timmy- Man, even if no one else likes the buggy, I think that is one phat ride! Makes me want to get one and pump more money into my truck! :)

ScottieT- Congratulations on having that shot/picture hanging in the Visitors center. I think that's a great honor. You've got a good eye.
I have a shot of a lone (Acacia?) tree taken from Medano creek looking at the dunes. The tree is bent at almost a 45* angle but theres no sand blowing in the picture. I'll see if I can dig up a negative somewhere.

Speaking of National Parks, does anyone know if the entrance fee is still $3.00 or have they finally raised it?

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Postby Timmy » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:09 am

Jim Davies wrote:Two words: wilderness area.


Ok, pending National Park :lol: And, yes, that pix of the Dunes w/ the Crestones is awesome!!!
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Postby Jim Davies » Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:47 pm

Timmy wrote:
Jim Davies wrote:Two words: wilderness area.


Ok, pending National Park :lol: And, yes, that pix of the Dunes w/ the Crestones is awesome!!!

My point is that the Dunes are both a federal wilderness area AND a national park (not pending, it's already done; actually a big chunk of the mountain area nearby is a "national preserve" instead of a park, which allows hunting). The wilderness designation dates back quite a long time, decades maybe, and was obviously done just to keep motor vehicles out.

Also, I believe that's Mt Herard (aka Mt Seven) in the background of that picture, not the Crestones.
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Postby Timmy » Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:54 pm

Jim Davies wrote:Also, I believe that's Mt Herard (aka Mt Seven) in the background of that picture, not the Crestones.


I was wondering why you were correcting me cause I was sure it was already a National Park. I just didn't feel like debating you on a fact.

Re: the Crestones, I thought someone before me had suggested it was the Crestones. I couldn't tell, nor do I care what the name of the mountain is. The spirit of my post was to comment on the beauty of the mountain but I know there are people who like to nit-pick other people's posts in order to somehow makes themselves appear smarter or somthing. :wink:

Oh, thanks for the education about wilderness. My dad is retired BLM and I grew up on BLM or Wilderness areas.
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