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City Different to the Mile High city Road Trip

Santa Fe, NM, United States
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1200 miles, 4 campsites, 7 cities, 2 states, 2 nights at Red Rocks, bike riding a mile above sea level, driving through a desert and almost immediately in to a snow storm, and all with some of the most jaw dropping natural beauties this country has to offer as a background made for one of the best trips ever. Flew in to Albuquerque, New Mexico, trained to Santa Fe, New Mexico, drove to camp at Rio Grande National Monument, drove to camp at the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, drove to camp in the Black Canyon National Park, drove to Denver for My Morning Jacket two night show at Red Rock Amphitheater - best venue in the country. What a beautiful country we live in!
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Wow. Just wow. We camped at the base of 10 story high sand dunes that sat at the base of Colorado's snow kissed mountain tops. It was WINDY! But worth every effort to trek the sands. Wow!

Points of interest

Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Big art scene and inviting central city court with vendors.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Seeing any live show here is an experience in itself. If you're not in to music, the rock formations, surrounding hikes, and museum are worth the trip.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
We camped just at the base of the Sand Dunes and reserved the site months in advance - big tip: reserve as far in advance as you can, the place books up fast, and do your best to get a site at the edge of the campsite facing the dunes and within any tree canopy. The views from the edge site are jaw dropping and the trees help block the wind. Surf the dunes if you can! The park rents boards. Also try the day(or overnight) in to the National Park to view the preserved Dunes that are only accessible by foot! WHOA! What a site.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Ready for a rollercoaster of a drive?! Make sure your car brakes are well in order. The windy, super steep drive down the canyon is a trip worth doing in itself. What a thrill. We camped at the very bottom of the canyon, right on the river, and just next to the very first **bleep** they attempted for the irrigation of the surrounding land. It's a thrill, it's drop dead gorgeous, it echos a sound that I will never forget, and worth every moment of fear while driving to the bottom. US National Parks are the best of the best when it comes to exploring the US!
Rio Grande National Forest
Rio Grande National Forest
Rio Grande National Monument. Breathtaking! Great moderate level hiking with incredible views of the Rio Grande River. Priceless and free!

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