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Great Sand Dunes

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Big Sun Photography

  • Locations

    Colorado, United States

  • Activities

    Photo Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $800 USD per trip
  • Duration

    2 days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location

    Your hotel / Other

  • Price Includes

    Transportation to/from our start point. (Golden, CO) Pickup and drop-off from your hotel. All park entrance fees. Photography Instruction.

  • Notes

    Costs for food are not included. Costs for lodging (for yourself AND guide) are additional to the price of the tour.


  • Stunning Scenery during the travel and at the Dunes.
  • North America's largest sand dunes.
  • Spectacular photography opportunities.
  • Professional photographer as your guide and instructor.


Trip Info

No need to for travel to Africa to experience the beauty of an endless sand sea. We have such a place right here in Colorado, and it makes for some of the most amazing and unique photographs you’ll ever take. The natural landscape, which includes dunes upward of 750 feet surrounded by 13,000+ foot alpine peaks, make for amazing photographs of shape and texture. The landscapes are not the only photo opportunity in this park however. We will also be working on using the shapes and unique lighting which the dunes create to produce wonderful abstracts. On an even smaller level, the sand can hide a world of great macro photography including insects, flowers and the sand itself.

Day 1: We leave from Golden/Denver and head toward the Great Sand Dunes National Park via an amazingly scenic route through the High Plains of the Central Rockies. During our trip we will stop at the town of Fairplay and take some photos of the restored 1800′s town of South Park Colorado. OR we can take an alternative route which will allow us to visit the amazing geologic structures found at The Garden of the Gods. We will arrive at the park in late afternoon. Sunset is the best time to photograph the dunes as the sun casts amazing shadows across the dune peaks and causes the light to burn red from the dust which fills the air (it’s generally quite windy here).

Day 2: Depending on how late we all stayed out shooting stars, we may again summit the dunes to catch the morning light as it taps the East faces of the dunes and mountains. We also have the option to visit the unique Zapata Falls. This high altitude water fall is set back within a small cave and provides for some really exciting photographs.

Your adventure awaits!

Big Sun Photography

Big Sun Photography has been providing photography centric sightseeing tours throughout Colorado (and Abroad) since 2009. Hundreds of happy customers have returned home with great memories and stunning photos to share with friends and family. I provide tours for those who wish to focus solely on capturing better imagery and those who simply wish to sightsee.

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