This is where Chris Watts took his mistress on the weekend of July 28 and 29 – the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls

When Chris Watts treated Nichol Kessinger to a romantic camping trip, he drove more than four hours south to a spectacular National Park sporting America’s tallest sand dunes. From there the couple drove another 37 minutes south to the scenic elevated camping ground at Zapata Falls.

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Fullscreen capture 20181129 092353According to Wikipedia:

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is an American national park that conserves an area of large sand dunes up to 750 feet (229 m) tall on the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley…The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North AmericaThe dunes cover an area of about 30 sq mi (78 km2) and are estimated to contain over 5 billion cubic meters of sand.

Sediments from the surrounding mountains filled the valley over geologic time periods. After lakes within the valley receded, exposed sand was blown by the predominant southwest winds toward the Sangre de Cristos, eventually forming the dunefield over an estimated tens of thousands of years. The four primary components of the Great Sand Dunes system are the mountain watershed, the dunefield, the sand sheet, and the sabkhaEcosystems within the mountain watershed include alpine tundrasubalpine forestsmontane woodlands, and riparian zones.

Evidence of human habitation in the San Luis Valley dates back about 11,000 years. The first historic peoples to inhabit the area were the Southern Ute Tribe, while Apaches and Navajo also have cultural connections in the dunes area. In the late 17th centuryDon Diego de Vargas—a Spanish governor of Santa Fe de Nuevo México—became the first European on record to enter the San Luis Valley. Juan Bautista de AnzaZebulon PikeJohn C. Frémont, and John Gunnison all travelled through and explored parts of the region in the 18th and 19th centuries. The explorers were soon followed by settlers who ranched, farmed and mined in the valley starting in the late 19th century. The park was first established as a national monument in 1932 to protect it from gold mining and the potential of a concrete manufacturing business.

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Below, Zapata Falls Campground.

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3 thoughts on “This is where Chris Watts took his mistress on the weekend of July 28 and 29 – the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls

  1. Pingback: Christopher Watts: What else do we know? [UPDATED] | True Crime Rocket Science / #tcrs

  2. He really is a sly fox. He takes pictures of things so that he can show them to his co-workers (like those mysterious stakes in the ground with oil pooled around one of them) to offer proof he’s doing something or other, he takes pictures of his children at the birthday party and sends them to Sha’nann a second time she she requests pictures the next day and he takes pictures of his “hike” to send to Sha’nann, but the pictures that include his girlfriend go into the secret calculator. That should be his new nic name – The Secret Calculator. Imagine how irritating it was to him to have to take calls from Sha’nann when he is vacationing with his lady love.

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