Best Photos of Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Each year we ask national park travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots we've received that were taken in Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Sandhill cranes flying over the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sandhill cranes flying over the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Beach grass at Great Sand Dunes National Park

The warm golden-hour glow of grass poking through the sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - Windy DunesEarth Day weekend, I drove to Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park hoping to get some dramatic light and contrast of the dunes at first/last light. On my late afternoon hike, the wind really picked up and put my eyes and gear to the test as blowing sand filled everything not well covered. There was one other photographer at the top with me, everyone else went home or stayed low. Our reward was a front row seat to scenes like this.    

Windy dunes

Photographer at Great Sand Dunes National Park

A fellow photographer gets a good position on the dunes 

The Milky Way above the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park

The Milky Way above the dunes

Hiker high on the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hiker high on the dunes in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sunset at Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sunset at Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hikers look like ants climbing the sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hikers look like ants climbing the sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Park visitors carrying sleds to the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Park visitors carrying sleds to the dunes

Dawn hiker at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Dawn hiker

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Springtime

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Springtime

Evening shadows at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Evening shadows

Hikers brave the windswept sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hikers brave the windswept sand

Fun with light painting at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Fun with light painting

Hikers gather at the top of the dunes to watch the sunset at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hikers gather at the top of the dunes to watch the sunset

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