I love the San Luis Valley of Colorado and the ride to The Great Sand Dunes National Park from Blanca is below Mt Blanca and as you approach the Park you begin to see the Dunes off in the distance.
I did not stay at the Pinon Flats campground but I did check it out and the views are stupendous.
The visitor center has a film and exhibits and a great deck.
You can walk among the dunes and at certain times of the year there is water from Medano Creek to wade in.
Definitely worth it if you are anywhere near.
For most travelers this is a one day drive, but not me. A two-day trip gives me time to go slow and take in the scenery, traveling without a co-driver means I have to stop to get a good look.
This trip to Cheyenne I am staying at AB Camping Park, a good sam park with a wonderful BBQ Restaurant. Even if you don’t park here, you have to come to eat.
While waiting for a decision to be made on my toad, my insurance policy gives me a rental so it’s off to Rocky Mountain National Park for the day.
One thing that I learned on this drive is that I would not like to drive the Ridge Road in my RV, it is narrow, it is high, and I wouldn’t fit in every pull off which I could in my rental car. I also had altitude problems at the Alpine Station.
I did get to capture some nice pics though. This beautiful valley.
And this overlook.
I went back to Cheyenne through the Roosevelt National Forest.
One high point of the day is seeing Elk. I didn’t get to stop to take a pic because the Rangers were herding them away from the highway but it was the first elk I have seen that wasn’t behind a high fence in Texas.