Beautiful Photos of the Rio Grande Natural Area in Colorado by BLMer and Tumblr Blogger Kyle Sullivan
The Rio Grande Natural Area was established in 2006 to conserve the natural, historic and cultural, scientific, and recreational resources of the 33-mile stretch of the Rio Grande between the southern end of the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Colorado-New Mexico state border.
The photos were taken on a windy day, evidenced by the ripples in the water and the dust cloud seen to the north in some of the photos. This time of year, strong wind creates sandstorms that pick up sand from the valley floor and deposit the sand in the Great Sand Dunes National Park on the eastern edge of the valley.
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