When we left Colorado Springs, we headed south to an RV park in Alamosa, Colorado.
Alamosa is just next door to the Great Sand Dunes. Nine months ago we visited White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. We had such a fun time sledding down the sand dunes, we were excited to experience it once again!
We drove about 30 minutes from Alamosa to Great Sand Dunes Oasis. There, we rented eight sand sleds. We got four small and four large along with some wax. Each sled cost $20 to rent for the day. They were very nice wooden sleds.
After picking up the sleds, we drove a few more miles and arrived at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
We ate a quick lunch in the van. Then we made a long trek on foot across a flat sandy area until we reached the dunes. It was like walking a dry sandy beach. Each step was hard, and it was hot outside. We got a little taste of what it’d be like walking through a desert.
Walking up the dunes was very difficult. The sand slipped underneath our feet as we walked. It took time, energy and effort each dune we chose to climb.
But then we got to sled down, and that made the hard hikes up all worth it! The wooden sleds we rented worked so well, better than the plastic discs we used at White Sands. We waxed the boards before each sled down, and that helped the sleds go very fast.
We had so much fun! We climbed and slid, climbed and slid, climbed and slid.
Every time we took Bravely down, as soon as we hit the bottom she’d excitedly yell, “I wanna do it again!”
After hours of fun, eventually we felt we couldn’t climb a dune one more time. Then we started what felt like an even longer trek back across the sand toward our van. We emptied our shoes and brushed ourselves off the best we could. Head to toe, even stuck in teeth, we were covered in sand! We returned our boards to Oasis, and we headed back to the RV park for showers. We got cleaned up, and we even managed to keep the sand out of the RV.
If you ever have the chance to sand sled, it’s worth the effort. The Great Sand Dunes were beautiful to see and an absolute blast to sled!