• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

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  • Main Park Phone Numbers Not in Service

    The two main phone numbers to the park, 378-6399 and 378-6300, are not in service at this time. Please call the Visitor Center at 719-378-6395.

Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Patch

Kids may choose a patch or a badge upon completing all the requirements in the Junior Ranger booklet.

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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 Tiger Beetle

Great Sand Dunes is home to at least six endemic insect species - found nowhere else on earth. The Great Sand Dunes Tiger Beetle is the best known of these endemics. More...