After my trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park in August of 2011, I was left with a challenge: return to the area and finish the hike to South Zapata Lake. I had my chance in September of 2012. But instead of just heading up there, hiking up to the lake, and heading home, I decided to take a full week and make it a southwest adventure. My final trip used Great Sand Dunes as a basecamp for the South Zapata Lake trip, followed by a couple of nights at Mesa Verde National Park and a quick trip to Monument Valley.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Mesa Verde National Park