The views are spectacular and the hiking trails are out of this world, but the real bread-and-butter of this park is the Dunes.
A little education:
- The sand you see at the Dunes is the tip of the iceberg… literally. Expert researchers have investigated and realized that there is way more sand underneath.
- If you take a magnet, plunge it into the sand, it will come out full of magnetite, an eroded mineral from the nearby mountains. I tried this. It was neat.
- The sand particles at the Dunes goes through a cycle: strong southwesterly winds blow them, and then running water from nearby creeks carries them back.
A little fun:
I rented a sandboard and spent a whole morning playing around in the sand. I almost got the hang of it by the end.