Great Sand Dunes Engagement Session | Adventure Session with Griffin & Ross

Great Sand Dunes engagement session

Hello everyone! We shared a little bit about Griffin and Ross in Tuesday’s post from their Breckenridge engagement session, so today we’re going to get right to the adventure of their Great Sand Dunes engagement session! Chris and I had seen some photos of the sand dunes several months ago, and pretty much flipped over how incredible it looked. So when we were planning our trip to Colorado, I mentioned it to Griffin to see if they might be up for the adventure! Lucky for us, they were!

The Sand Dunes are a three hour drive from Colorado Springs, primarily through the middle of nowhere. Seriously. Lots of mountains, and flat fields, and luckily one very tiny town that had a gas station with a bathroom haha. We spent most of the drive trying to guess how in the world giant mountains of sand were going to just appear. Then we went around a curve, and there it was, nestled at the foot of the mountains. There truly are no words to describe the incredible, grand, epic-ness of the Sand Dunes. I don’t think it’s possible to capture the scale in photos. We hiked nearly straight up for an hour, and it was one of the most physically demanding things I have ever done. But the view from the peak we reached was absolutely 100% worth it! The view was incredible from every angle, with storms in the distance, the appearance of a rainbow over the mountains opposite the dunes, the stunning light on the mountains to the right of the dunes, and the beautiful patterns and shadows on the dunes themselves. Literally awe-inspiring, and the kind of thing that makes you feel alive! I absolutely love that Ross and Griffin were totally up for whatever crazy thing we suggested, and I seriously wouldn’t have made it to the top if Griffin hadn’t pulled out her fitness coach ways and encouraged us (as she sprinted up the final slope)!

First, some pictures from the road trip there:

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First view of the dunes!

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Love this guy  🙂  (Had to get some plastic bags to cover our cameras to try to protect from the wind blowing the sand around!)

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Resting for a minute before the final push to the top!

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 Griffin and Ross–thank you guys for being so awesome, for being up for an adventure, and for driving us all over Colorado! You guys are the best, and we had such a great time with you both! We can’t wait for your wedding!!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog! Have a great rest of the week!


  • July 31, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Emily Powell - Oh my goodness. The epic-ness of this post. Beautiful couple! And these landscapes. May have teared up. Love you guys. Keep up the georgeous work.

  • January 6, 2015 - 8:58 pm

    Krista - What a gorgeous session, y’all!!!!

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