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USA Sunset Lookout at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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As I mentioned in my Great Sand Dunes National Park post, the late afternoon light casts beautiful shadows on the dunes. It can be difficult to capture this scene from inside the park, however, because the best framing (IMO) includes both the dunes and the stunning Sangre de Cristos and in order to capture this you'll have to put some distance between yourself and the dunes. Thus, I thought it would be helpful to create this separate spot specific to sunsets.

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I scouted a few locations in the area to try to find the best spot for this type of sunset shot, and I think the best is at the Great Sand Dune Oasis that's just outside the park entrance sign. If you go to the north edge of the parking lot and walk up to the little mound on the back right side of the building, you can shoot over the cars/telephone poles/etc. If this spot doesn't work out for whatever reason, you can head just past the park entrance sign and stop at the pullout on the west side of the road. It's at a slightly lower elevation, so I don't like the framing quite as much, but it's a great backup spot and you might actually prefer that perspective.
Crowd Factor Nearly no other people
Best Timing Sunset
Sunrise & Sunset 07:12 - 17:14 | current local time: 09:13
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Andreas Brett
Andreas Brett 03.11.2015
Great tips! It's good to finally see more and more spots being added with valuable information. I think LS will become an awesome platform with not only spots and coordinates but rather with explanations and tips. There's no better thing than knowledge and experience.
kyle wurtz
kyle wurtz 04.11.2015
Thanks Andreas! I agree 100%! There's so much more to a spot than where you're standing and what direction you're facing, and I'm hoping LS can develop to the point that some of the deeper insight about spots are shared. Just trying to do my part!

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