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Don’t skip Colorado after ski season. “In spring, snowmelt from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains fills Medano Creek, which runs right alongside the park’s impressive dunes,” says Oswald. “The creek’s seasonal flooding is a real treat, creating a beach-like atmosphere in the middle of the mountains.” It’s worth seeing now: The sand is often too hot to bear with bare feet in the summer, he says.
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