Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO // A view from south reveals the diverse geology and ecology protected by Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park. Up to 750 feet high and covering 30 square miles of land at the base of the craggy Sange de Cristo range, these dunes are the tallest in North America. Their towering height is obvious when you're out in their heart, where the shifting hills block out everything but sand and sky, and you might as well be in the Sahara or the Rub'al-Khali. Yet despite the fluidity of sand dunes, opposing winds keep them surprisingly stable: the tallest dunes are still in the same places they were 100 years ago.
Everyone's unique version of the holiday season brings them their own unique cheer. For my money, and despite Tolsoty, happy Christmasas are not all alike.
Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Colorado // This is a view I know to be dear to the hearts of many campers: the glow of a red sunset behind the dark silhouette of a forest. To any camper, two things will come to mind: serenity, and bedtime.