Note Card – Medano Pass – Sand Dunes


Whether you have you been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, hiked up High Dune (where you see Pike walking) or just read about it, or driven your 4-wheeler over Medano Pass, retired Disney artist, Ed French, has easily captured “a sea in a storm, (except to color)”.

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The Art

Created on 4/13/18, this painting shows Pike on High Dune. Medano Creek is to his left, Medano Pass to the top right, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains surrounding the Pass. The Rio Grande can be spotted to his right, looking west. 

  • Medium: Ink
  • Surface: Card Stock
  • Size: 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
  • 1 card with envelope

The Artist

Ed French is a retired Disney artist, who has brought his enormous talent to depict extraordinary moments in American history, through the eyes of Zebulon Pike.

The Setting

Pike’s Journal – January 27-28, 1807 “… determining to cross the mountains, leaving Menaugh encamped with our deposit… through snows, some places 3 feet deep… Saw some sign of elk… 28th… Followed down the ravine and discovered after some time that there had been a road cut out. And on many trees were various hieroglyphicks painted; … At the foot of the White Mountains (Sangre de Christo), which we were then descending, sandy hills… Their appearance was exactly that of a sea in a storm, (except to color) not the least sign of vegetation existed thereon… When we encamped, I ascended to one of the largest hills of sand, and my glass could discover a large river.” 

Pike’s group had just spent a horrible week in the West Mountain Valley, crossed over the Sangre de Cristo’s at Medano Pass and now Pike believed that he had found his last objective the Red River flowing out of today’s San Juan Mountains. It was actually the Rio Grande River.

Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 in