Park Campground and Medano Pass Road Closed for Winter
The Pinon Flats Campground is closed for the winter season until April 1. The Medano Pass Road remains closed for winter at Castle Creek Picnic area until snow and ice melt out. More »
Main Park Phone Lines Down
The main phone lines to the Visitor Center and primary park numbers are not operational. Individual staff lines are still functional. Please call 719-378-6373 to reach the Visitor Center.
Be A Junior Ranger
The Junior Ranger Program is a great way for kids to learn about park resources! Most National Park Service areas have Junior Ranger programs; many kids collect badges or patches from many parks.
At Great Sand Dunes, plan on a visit of at least two hours to complete the required sections of the Junior Ranger Booklet (hopefully your family will be able to stay longer than two hours anyway to experience this large, diverse park!)
There are three different age groups in the booklet: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All sections for your age group must be completed to earn a badge or patch.
Just stop at the Visitor Center when you arrive, pick up your booklet for 50 cents, and work on your booklet as you explore the park and go to ranger programs. When you've finished all your requirements, bring the booklet back to the Visitor Center for your badge or patch!
For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 719-378-6399.
Did You Know?
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve offers education programs for school and other groups by reservation, as well as regularly scheduled interpretive programs in warmer months. Programs are free. More...