After sledding on the dunes, we went back to the campground, took showers, picked up a few books from the shop, and settled in for the evening. It was a bit chilly, and rained a little, but we managed to stay warm by pulling rocks off from around the fire and holding them in our laps. It was more fun than it sounds! (Pro tip: Don’t burn yourself)
The next morning we headed back to the dunes so we could hike them before it got too hot. Apparently the sand can reach temperatures of 150°! We knew from the previous day that the sand probably wouldn’t get THAT hot, but that it was still hot enough to make touching it very uncomfortable, so hiking early is a must!
Hiking up sand is much harder than you might think. Not only does it get in your shoes (we end up hiking a lot of it barefoot) but each step you take causes you to slide backwards–so you probably have to take twice as many steps as you do on dirt. Plus the instability of it all works your core pretty well! Definitely a harder hike than we anticipated, but totally worth it!
A lot of people had hiked their sleds all the way up–which didn’t seem like much fun, but one guy had a sled he’d built himself out of skis and he went really far and really fast, so maybe it was worth it after all! Plus, sledding all the way back down would be a blast!
We ran down the dunes to get back, which was a lot of fun!
It looked like another storm was coming in, so we headed out after getting back down the dunes. The drive to (and from) Denver from the dunes is beautiful! We stopped for a chilly, but enjoyable lunch at one of the scenic overviews. Then it was home again, and time to start planning our next adventure!