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.
If you read my earlier post about Agate Fossil Beds then you know I like dinos but mostly the bone kind, however, there seems to be an abundant supply of large green dinosaurs in the Rapid City area.
There is one on the top of a hill in Rapid City that I haven’t found the way up to yet, but it’s on my list.
And then there is this one.
I’m tooling down the rt44 on the way to The Badlands, and this large dinosaur is sitting in the middle of a field. This one I turned around for, so I could get a picture to prove that there are dinosaurs everywhere.
The little town of Scenic is. Next, I got a nice picture of the old Jail but nothing was opened when I went through, but there are signs of life, maybe another time.
Approaching the Badlands National Park, there is excellent scenery even before to enter the park itself.
Once inside it is amazing.
Plenty of trails to hike both short and long and all are ” take your breath away” beautiful.
After stopping at the Visitor Center for my passport stamp and token, I headed back west on the loop road and stopped every chance I could to take in the wildlife.
I did go up to Wall SD but didn’t stop this time it was to busy.