Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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National Parks
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Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve,

132.4 sq mi (343 sq km), in the San Luis Valley of S Colorado; est. as a national monument 1932, designated a national park 2004. Lying in an area of high desert between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mtns., the park's sand dunes are the tallest in North America, extending up to 750 ft (230 m). They were formed when sand and gravel deposits left by ancient streams flowing into the valley were blown toward the Sangre de Cristos after the streams dried up. The intermittent Medano Creek is located within the park. The mountainous preserve includes pinyon pines and aspens, spruce and fur forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve covers about 150,000 acres in all.
VALLEY OF THE DUNES: GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE by Bob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil, with text by Audrey DeLella Benedict (155591523X, $19.95) is as much an armchair read as it is a destination guide, providing a photographic tribute to Colorado's San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes National Park.
This captivating tale is one of them, supposedly occurring more than a century ago in what recently became designated as America's newest national treasure, Great Sand Dunes National Park near Alamosa, Colo.
Author and photographer Neider gives us plenty of reasons to go or to stay with about a dozen descriptions of such luminous spots of land as Pike's Peak, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the Continental Divide, giving very detailed maps, comments and resources for more study.
The Denver couple's latest book, "Valley of the Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve," offers a peek at the "nooks and crannies" of the San Luis Valley with a focus on Colorado's newest national park.
Despite some initial opposition in the House, the expansion of Great Sand Dunes National Park by nearly 100,000 acres was approved and signed by President Clinton in November.