Watch a Stunning Timelapse of the Stars at This Colorado National Park
Northern Coloradans are familiar with the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park, but there's another Centennial State treasure to explore: the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Located in Southern Colorado, the Great Sand Dunes boasts a unique landscape and stunning views of the Milky Way. It's nearly a five-hour drive from the Front Range, but thanks to Reddit, we can see it up close.
The history of the Great Sand Dunes National Park
According to the National Park Service (NPS), the Great Sand Dunes National Park has the tallest dune in North America — and one of the top-rated beaches in the country.
NPS notes that people likely set foot in the dunes around 11,000 years ago. However, even though President Herbert Hoover designated it as a national monument in 1932, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) reports that it didn't reach national park status until 2004, making it Colorado's youngest national park.
There are plenty of things to do at Great Sand Dunes National Park, from camping to sand surfing to stargazing.
See the stars at Colorado's youngest national park
While the lengthy drive to the Sand Dunes is certainly worth it, you don't have to travel to enjoy the park.
Reddit u/Anon1230984567 made their way down south to share a video of the area's view of the galaxy.
"This was from midnight to 5AM on Saturday," said u/Anon1230984567. "633 photos taken at 25 second shutter speed in order to accomplish this timelapse!"
The user noted that temperatures were around 30 degrees, but that didn't stop them from appreciating Colorado's gorgeous scenery.
See more photos of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the gallery below.,