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Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Desert in Colorado...

as-salaam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

 I went dune bashing with my husband yesterday and I will post some desert photos in my next post inshallah.

I just wanted to share a little bit I discovered today.  I have heard that there are sand dunes in one place in Colorado.  I have never been there, and neither have any of my friends/family.  I had not thought about it for years now and just decided to search online about it this morning.

I am in awe with the photos I saw.  Who would have thought there would be sand dunes in the state famous for its mountains, Aspen trees, and Rocky Mountain National Park--full of lush vegetation, river, lakes, and animals.

I was imagining the area would be really tiny but I discovered it is a substantial.  Some of the wildlife include Wild Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, and Migratory SandHill Cranes.  In the winter you can ski on the snow-covered sand dunes with no trees to obstruct your runs (there is one photo here of the snow covered dunes)!   Mashallah!

While I was first looking at the photos I actually got really teary eyed-- my home state is just so BEAUTIFUL Mashallah and I miss it so much!! Inshallah I will be going to visit my family later in the summer  :)  

Here are some photos--I only chose photos that have views of the dunes, the whole area is surrounded by so much nature, mountains, lakes, rivers, etc... for more photos see: Photos (all photos are courtesy of NPS Photo):

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
(by the way,  The traditional Ute word for the Great Sand Dunes is Sowapophe-uvehe, "the land that moves back and forth.")


  1. Wa Alikom salam I love Colorado! just love it. When we lived there when I was little bitty, I remember the climate and it was gorgeous!!! I love these pictures!!! I want to go back to Colorado! so bad!!!! Insha'a'Allah someday... I never knew Colorado had such big desert area... :X ;))

  2. Those pictures embody these verses from Surat Al Zaazi3at:

    27 Are ye the harder to create, or is the heaven that He built ?
    28 He raised the height thereof and ordered it;
    29 And He made dark the night thereof, and He brought forth the morn thereof.
    30 And after that He spread the earth,
    31 And produced therefrom the water thereof and the pasture thereof,
    32 And He made fast the hills (or mountains),
    33 A provision for you and for your cattle.

    We have sand... but we dont have anything like that. Mashallah. I had a friend who started at Arizona with us then transfered to Col. He swore up and down that they had sand dunes but I found it hard to believe as its all mountains and snow and the mile high city and all that. Guess I was wrong.

  3. assalamualaikum...
    what a great scenery..
    very beautiful..
    thank for sharing it :)

  4. Texan in UAE
    I know huh? I think a lot of Coloradans don't even know about it!!

    Mashallah jazakAllah khair for posting those verses.. beautiful Mashallah!

    like you, I didn't believe it would be something as vast and beautiful like that. I thought the sand dune area was going to be like the size of a really large parking lot or something LOL

    and I know how from taking photos of the desert here, photos do no justice whatsoever of the real views :)

  5. annfrendly,

    oh sorry, I approved your comment after I made my reply.

    you have some gorgeous places in your country to Mashallah :)

  6. Asalamu Alaikum,
    Wow Mashallah its beautiful!

  7. wow, those are some beautiful pics. I too never thought about CO having sand dunes!

  8. OH wow! i had no idea! I always wanted to go to colorado! Really did. Its such a beauuuuuutiful place mashaAllah

  9. Wa Alaykum Salam,

    MashaAllah Colorado is beautiful, been there a few times. I'm from Arizona and we have sand dunes as well but then again we're a desert. lol!

  10. thank you so much for the comments :) inshallah I will have photos of my own to show y'all in the near future :)

    I've never been to Arizona sis Sugar & spice!! I hate hot weather so I never wanted to go...yet I now live in Dubai LOOOL and I still HATE hot weather with a vengeance!! :-L

    though a co-worker of mine moved to Tuscan and she loved it there Mashallah :)