Last Updated on 08/12/2018 by Mark Beckenbach
All images by Jesse Echevarria. Used with Creative Commons permission.
Attention, landscape photographers! Here’s a spot to add to your list of stunning places to photograph. Brooklyn-based art director and photographer Jesse Echevarria says visiting and staying overnight at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is a must, and he definitely has the photos to prove it. If you’re up for some driving, hiking, and camping, you’ll have the opportunity to snap some breathtaking landscape photos in one of Colorado’s hidden natural treasures.
According to Jesse, Colorado has a lot of incredible things to offer for any landscape photographer, but the “land of the dunes” isn’t a particularly known spot to many. After sharing these pictures, however, he’ll surely bump into a couple of photographers the next time he visits.
To get to the dunes, you’ll have to make a two-hour scenic drive to the Great Sand Dunes National Park from Colorado Springs. “Once in the park, everything you see is accompanied by the incredible view of the giant dunes in the background.”
Jesse and his companions weren’t simply there for a quick visit; they also wanted to set up camp. To get to a great vantage point for their campsite, they needed to hike up steep slopes for close to an hour. But the photos, of course, show it was all worth it.
“At first, the hike didn’t seem hard but after 25 minutes of steep slopes, our legs began to cry. After 45 minutes we arrived at the highest dune which was 750 feet from the floor and had to place our tent hidden out of sight so it doesn’t affect the majestic view of the dunes. This place has one of the most amazing sunset views I have seen, the golden light that emerged from the horizon turned all the sand into golden curves and Mount Herard was in perfect position west from the sunset making it more colorful thanks to the falling sun.”
Jesse’s snaps do not only show the beauty of Colorado’s dunes, but also the sheer immensity of it all. Imagine being faced with such grandeur — the colors, the textures, and the dunes themselves seeming to shift with the light, and the equally majestic Mount Herard in the distance. There’s a lot to take in, and to photograph, of course!
Check out Jesse Echevarria’s website and Behance portfolio to see more of his landscape work and other photography projects.