Beautiful Place To See- Great Sand Dunes National Park (San Luis Valley, USA)
Beautiful Place To See- Sand Dunes National Park (San Luis Valley, USA)
The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more.
Great Sand Dunes National Monument was one of the many United States national parks and monuments created during the Great Depression (1932). In its original form it covered only the dunes themselves. However, it has expanded significantly since its roots, due in large part to concern among residents of nearby communities about the need to protect the watershed containing the dunes. Recent actions in 2000 and 2004 led first to the creation of a preserve adjoining the monument, and then to the designation of the combined monument/preserve as a full-fledged national park.
The park includes North America's tallest dunes, which rise over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind-shaped dunes glow beneath the rugged backdrop of the mountains. This geologic wonderland contains over 30 square miles of massive dunes, and also includes alpine lakes and tundra, six peaks over 13,000' in elevation, ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands, and wetlands--all habitat for diverse wildlife and plant species.
In the summer, daytime air temperatures rarely reach 90 °F, with average temperatures in the 70s-80s °F. Summer nights are surprisingly cool thanks to the elevation of 8200' above sea level, with lows sometimes dropping into the 40s. Afternoon thundershowers are common in July and August with associated winds and lightning. Be prepared to leave the dunes promptly if thunderstorms threaten: lightning strikes are common and may be fatal.
Fall is generally mild, with Indian summer days. Highs average in the 60s - 70s °F, with chilly nights in the 20s - 30s °F. Be prepared, though, for the occasional cold fall storm, bringing icy rain or even snow.
Cold temperatures are the norm in winter, even though sunshine is generally abundant. The lowest temperature recorded at Great Sand Dunes was -25 deg;F in 1963. Average highs are in the 20s-40s °F, with lows averaging -5 to 15 deg;F. Snow may fall and high winds may occasionally occur, so bring warm, layered clothing and sturdy footwear.
Spring can bring high winds; March, April, and May winds are unstable and can be unusually strong. Temperatures can vary widely: highs may reach into the 60s °F, or only into the 30s °F with an even colder wind-chill. Lows can also vary from 0 deg;F to the 30s °F. March and April are the snowiest months of the year, but some days in spring can also be swimsuit weather.
The average annual precipitation is 11 inches including an average snowfall of 37 inches. Overall, precipitation increases in all directions as you leave the heart of the San Luis Valley. Yearly there are only 30-40 days when clouds obstruct the sun the majority of the day. The valley is known as the Land of Cool Sunshine and lives up to that name throughout most of the year.
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Almont Campground Sites 1-5 along Gunnison River
Almont Colorado is where the Taylor River & East River join to form the Gunnison River. Almont Campground is less than a mile south.
Sandwiched between Colorado State Highway 135 and the Gunnison River, Almont Campground has 10 campsites that are available from May - October on a first-come, first served basis.
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Alamosa Campground - Rio Grande National Forest
Alamosa Campground is located on the Alamosa River about 4.5 miles above the Terrace Reservoir Dam
Natural contaminants in the river make it unfit for fishing or consumption beginning further up the mountains down to the reservoir.
Alamosa Campground Info
* Elevation: 8600 ft
* Fee per Night: Free!
* Total Campsites: 5
* Reservations Not Accepted
* Pack out all trash
* Water may not be available. The handle for the water pump was removed at the time of our stay.
* Vault toilet was clean but had no toilet paper
* 30 ft Max RV Length
* Cell Service: AT&T - No / Verizon - No
* 14 Day Stay Limit
* Open Year Round (Weather Permitting)
* 4 wheeling on Elwood Pass
* Terrace Reservoir State Wildlife Area
GPS: 37.379647, -106.34373
Directions: From Monte Vista, take Hwy 15 south to Forest Road 250. Turn west and go about 12 miles to the campground.
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VAIL, COLORADO HD
The Town of Vail is a Home Rule Municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The town was established and built as the base village to Vail Ski Resort,; it is the largest ski mountain in Colorado. Set within White River National Forest, It’s also a summertime destination for golfing, hiking and cultural festivals. Gore Creek, popular for fly fishing, runs directly through the town center.
La ciudad de Vail es un municipio autónomo en el condado de Eagle, Colorado, Estados Unidos. La ciudad fue establecida y construida como la aldea base de Vail Ski Resort; es la montaña de esquí más grande de Colorado. Ubicado dentro del Bosque Nacional White River, también es un destino de verano para practicar golf, senderismo y festivales culturales. Gore Creek, popular para la pesca con mosca, pasa directamente por el centro de la ciudad.
surge flow at the great sand dunes national park and the medano forest fire ~ mosca, co ~ 17jun10
~ we visit one of the coolest, most beautiful and surreal places in the u.s.a., the great sand dunes national park in southern colorado. while we were there, the medano forest fire sparked up again, sending smoke billowing across the sky.
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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA. HISTORY, TOURISM, ECONOMY, SPORTS ETC
Nizhny Novgorod is a city in the European part of Russia located in the confluence of the Oka and the Volga rivers. The Oka river divides the city into two parts. It is the fifth largest city in Russia. Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 1221 by Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich to protect Russian borders and is located 400 km away from Moscow. One of the most ancient cities of trade and handicrafts in Russia.
CITY OF LITERATURE
Nizhny Novgorod is where Maxim Gorky (1868–1936), one of the world's best known Russian writers, spent his childhood. In 1932, the city was renamed in honour of this renowned writer. In 1990, however, Nizhny Novgorod returned its initial name. The State Gorky Literature Museum, with an exhibit of over 100,000 items, is now located in Nizhny Novgorod.
HOW TO GO
Strigino International Airport is located in the western part of Avtozavodsky district, 18 km south-west of the center of Nizhny Novgorod. Flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg are available. The main train station of Nizhny Novgorod is located in the northern part of the city Centre, near the Metromost Bridge. It is reachable via the metro. There are several options for train travel from Moscow including high speed trains. There are 2 daily overnight trains from Saint Petersburg.
From 1959 to 1991 it was a “forbidden” city for foreigners because of defense plants located there.
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The Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is the main attraction of the city and something it is rightly proud of. The Kremlin was built at the beginning of the sixteenth century as a military fortress. Rozhdestvenskaya Street is one of the central streets of the city where you can still see houses of the mid-18th and 19th centuries. The biggest lake is the Svetloyar which is mentioned in the legend about the Russian Atlantis. It is over 33 metres deep. UNESCO included Nizhny Novgorod in the list of Top 100 cities in the world which are of great historical and cultural value.
The Nizhny Novgorod population Over 1.2 million.
There are over 120 religious communities and societies in Nizhny Novgorod, including those for followers of Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Evangelistic, Lutheran, Buddhist, and other religions. The majority of local cathedrals are Orthodox.
Nizhny Novgorod is the Russia’s largest industrial center with the enterprises of mechanical engineering, metalworking information technology playing a leading role. The city is home to the Gorky Automobile Plant one of the largest in Russia, and also produces many types of ships and river craft, diesel engines, machinery and machine tools, and a wide range of chemical and consumer goods. Nizhny Novgorod is one of the centers of the IT Industry in Russia. It ranks among the leading Russian cities in terms of the quality software. Intel has a big software R&D center with more than 500 engineers in the city,
People in Nizhny love rock music and rock musicians. There are a number of places here where fantastic concerts are staged. There are cafes offering live music, including jazz. Famous Russian musicians and DJs are frequent visitors of Nizhny Novgorod
Standing on a spit of the Volga and Oka Rivers in the city center is the international-class Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. This arena will host six games of 2018 FIFA World Cup. After the World Cup, the stadium will serve as a multipurpose sports complex.
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