Medano River, Great Sand Dunes National Park:  June 10, 2016

Visiting the Medano River has been one of the highlights of my trip so far.  Each year for a few weeks during the late spring, the river "surges," a unique occurrence found in few other places around the world.  The river has a sandy bed and the flow of the water creates mini-sand dunes on the bed of the stream that slowly move upstream.  These tiny dams burst every now and then, sending a surge of water up to several inches high downstream.  

I was lucky to be there during the peak surging season and it was great fun to wade across the stream.  The kids loved it.

  • To see my 360-degree panorama photo, click here.