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Sand Dunes by the Numbers

Sidebar by Marcia Darnell

Sand Dunes – December 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine

The Numbers

Baca Ranch: 97,000 acres in Saguache and Alamosa counties,

Composed now of:

53,000 acres: National Wildlife Refuge

31,000 acres: part of National Park

13,000 acres: part of Rio Grande National Forest

The Dates

1807: Dunes first mentioned by Zebulon Pike.

1932: Dunes named National Monument.

1999: Dunes Summit.

2000: Act passed to authorize purchase of Baca Ranch.

2004: Done Deal, Dunes is a Park.