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Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby tmathews » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:52 pm

I was just looking through this link: Most Beautiful National Parks Seen from Space and saw that Great Sand Dunes NP is in there.

In this image, is the Crestone Group visible? I can't quite tell from the drainages. The Blanca Group is really obvious (as is Mt. Herard, I believe -- immediately NE of the Dunes).

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Re: Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby Dave B » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:20 pm

I think the long ridge east of the crest, just below the top of the picture is Humboldt with South Colony Lakes just west and south right?

White/black arrow is Humbolt, Red/black arrow is roughly the Crestones?
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Re: Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby jdorje » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:36 pm

http://g.co/maps/3yasb

Looks like you're right on Humboldt, but your left arrow is pointing at Crestolita.

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Re: Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:52 am

Great picture, thanks, Terry!

I tried to mark the Crestones on this copy: red is the Peak, yellow is the Needle.

The big L-shaped drainage just north of the Dunes is Sand Creek; a few years back we did a 5-day loop backpack from Music Pass down Sand Creek, up Medano Pass, and back north on the Rainbow Trail, and the whole route is visible on the picture. The details are really sharp. I thought the lower switchbacks of the Como Lake road were visible also (light squiggle in the trees), but my topo map shows that as a non-road line through the trees near Zapata Falls - anyone know what that is?
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Re: Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby CO Native » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:36 am

That "squiggle" is the road to the Zapata Falls trailhead and the new Zapata Falls Campground.
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Re: Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby CO Native » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:41 am

Here's a zoom on the road
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And a tighter zoom on the new campground:
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Re: Great Sand Dunes seen from space

Postby Bill Cummings » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:28 pm

I don't know which peak is which, but I sure have enjoyed looking at the National Parks from space in the link you provided. Thanks a bunch for posting it, tmathews!
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