|Visitor Center Patio, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado |
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The decorative architecture of the Great Sand Dunes National Park Visitor Center accentuates a brilliant blue sky. Its color and design suggests a Native American influence, especially that of the ancient pueblo style.
Pueblos were buildings made of adobe mud and wood, often constructed one on top of the other to form apartment-like villages. Spanish explorers in the West were the first to use the term pueblo, which means "town". The Anasazi were thought to have begun building pueblos around 750 - 900 AD, although this Visitor Center is considerably more modern.