Mosca in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Mountain Barrier
of the sand dunes.
You are looking at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Prevailing southwesterly winds carrying sand across the San Luis Valley were blocked by the mountains.
As the winds rose to sweep through the passes, sand was dropped.
Some storms come from the northeast and reverse the wind flow through the passes, blowing sand back toward the Dune field.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 37° 43.992′ N, 105° 30.756′ W. Marker is in Mosca, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker can be reached from Highway 150. Touch for map. The marker is located on the back porch of the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11999 Highway 150, Mosca CO 81146, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sangre de Cristo Ecosystem (within shouting distance of this marker); Zebulon Pike's "sand-hills" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dimensions (approx. half a mile away); Stepping into Wilderness A Landmark for People (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Totally Unique and Unexpected" (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Categories. • Environment • Natural Features •
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