April 14, 2011

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Jeff managed the Zapata Ranch cattle operations until 2014.

Last weekend we packed into and camped at Sand Creek using a trail we’ve never tried before. The trail starts near the town of Crestone and goes about 20 miles or so to the visitor’s center at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We rode a little less than halfway and camped at Sand Creek, the biggest drainage on the northern part of the Sangre De Cristo range. The first day was spent packing in and setting up camp, the second day we hiked up the cañon of Sand Creek, and the third day we reluctantly packed up and headed home. It’s always a treat for us to go into the mountains that are so close yet so far away in terms of making time to go. The picture captures the ride in and the first view of the Great Sand Dunes as we top a hill and head down into the creek bottom of Sand Creek.