Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Crossing the border.(Special Section)

Byline: Don Laine For the Journal

On a trip into southern Colorado, you can find history, art and recreation

Visitors to northern New Mexico are sometimes tempted to venture across the border into southern Colorado. And there are a lot of good reasons to do so.

The regions have quite a bit in common, from their American Indian and Spanish Colonial heritages to the Santa Fe Trail.

Southern Colorado offers numerous worthwhile places to visit far more than we can mention but here are a few choices.

Just remember to come back!

Great Sand Dunes National Monument & Preserve

The tallest sand dunes in North America seem out of place in southern Colorado, far from any sea or major desert. But there they are, a 39-square-mile expanse of sand, piled nearly 750 feet high against the western edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The dunes were created over thousands of years by southwesterly winds blowing across the valley and even today the winds are constantly changing the face of the dunes, piling the sand back upon itself, building the dunes higher and higher. …

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