Great Sand Dunes seeks missing puzzle piece |

Great Sand Dunes seeks missing puzzle piece

Yesenia Robles
The Denver Post
Guests walk down the dunes after sledding.
Michael Reaves / The Denver Post |

The federal government has begun negotiating the purchase of 12,518 acres of land to add to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southwestern Colorado, a puzzle piece bordered on three sides by the park that includes a bison herd, meadows and wetland areas.

The Medano Zapata Ranch is owned by the nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, which has previously helped the federal government acquire land that is now part of the park.

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