Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (1916 – 2016), the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University is pleased to announce the publication of Sea of Sand: A History of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, written by local Fort Collins historian and Colorado State University alumnus Michael M. Geary.  Published by the University of Oklahoma Press as Volume 2 in the Public Lands History series, Sea of Sand guides readers on a fascinating historical journey through over 10,000 years of human history at Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, home to the tallest sand dunes in North America.  The book also explores the more recent legislative effort led by an unprecedented coalition of local, state, and federal agencies, including The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service, to secure national park status for the Great Sand Dunes.

Michael M. Geary is a writer, researcher, avid historian, and long-time resident of Fort Collins who has also written A Quick History of Grand Lake (Western Reflections, Inc., 1999).  An engaging public speaker, Geary is readily available for interviews, book signings and talks, and visual presentations.  He can be contacted directly at 970-420-9301 or  For more information on the Public Lands History series through University of Oklahoma Press, contact the Public Lands History Center at 970-491-6130 or visit

Sea Of Sand Official Press Release