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A look at San Luis State Park near the Grand Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve:
Description: Enter a dreamscape - a mosaic of wetlands, mountains and dunes. Throughout this park's 2,054 acres, visitors can catch views of the Sangre de Cristo peaks and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Four miles of flat, gravel trails take hikers, bikers and horseback riders through a unique ecosystem with a variety of wildlife.
Activities: Hiking, biking, camping (except winter), horseback riding, cross-country skiing/snowshoeing, wildlife viewing; when water level is normal, boating, fishing, sailing.
Wildlife: Abundance of birds, including sandhill cranes and the occasional bald eagle; variety of reptiles and amphibians; elk, mule deer, coyotes, kangaroo rats.
Fun fact: A legend is told about a Spanish priest who died on San Luis Lake after he and his group of gold seekers were attacked by Native Americans. The tale goes that the priest looked at the sun setting red over the mountains and whispered the name the range goes by now: "Sangre de Cristo" (blood of Christ).
Address: 16393 Lane 6 North, Mosca, 81146
Contact: 719-738-2020, email@example.com
Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Directions: Head south on Interstate 25 for about 90 miles to U.S. 160. Follow west for about 57 miles and turn right onto Colorado 150. After 13.5 miles, turn left onto Lane 6. Continue for 8 miles.
SETH BOSTER, THE GAZETTE