From Alamosa, Colorado, drive east on Highway 160, then north on 150 to Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Lodging options near the park are minimal. I camped out in my tent in a campground. Though I spent less than 24 hours here, I came away with amazing shots. Climbing the dunes is tough going. They are very high, and I never made it to the top. Once I stopped huffing and puffing from the climb at Colorado's high altitude, being on the dunes during sunrise was magical. Start early because the light turns harsh quickly.
I love photos of sand dunes and wanted to see Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado during a driving trip around the Southwest. Driving up from New Mexico, I traveled through high winds and rain. In the distance, I could see sand flying high in the sky. When I arrived at the park shortly before sunset, I quickly pulled over and started shooting the amazing cloud formation. I combined two vertical images to make a short panorama that I stitched in Photoshop CS4. The black and white conversion was made in Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2.