A few mysteries about these 750 foot tall dunes, the tallest in North America, remain. What are these circular sand markings?
[For scale, the notebook is about 4 inches by 2.75 inches.] Any ideas?
Why did the National Park Service remove the road access through private land and Liberty Parking area from the northwest part of the official map? [I discovered the difference when writing notes on the map to send to my mom for our spring trip.]
The map on the left was picked up directly from the GSD Visitor Center while the one on the right I picked up at the Nature Conservancy's Zapata Ranch. Hmmmm. Thoughts?
I am most curious to trek to that northwest parking area to see the mysterious crater for myself:
(See also Part 2 of the GSD Trilogy for a discussion of the possible crater origins and comparison to similar erosional cirque features in Israel.)
Not a mystery: the wonderful wheelchair dune buggies available at the Visitor Center for accessing the dunes
and the Sawmill Canyon Backcountry Campsite along the Medano Creek Road which is expressly for providing a back country experience to those who use wheelchairs.
And lastly, Maizie is digging in the dunes link below. Is she hot, looking for water, looking for gold or. . .What is it Maizie?
Here's the last Great Sand Dunes images (well, at least until the spring. . .).
Here's hoping your National Park adventures are full of mystery and intrique.