NPS Photo by Patrick Myers
The Great Sand Dunes are made for kids!
You can play in the sand, roll or slide down a dune, splash in Medano Creek in spring and early summer, hike in the mountains, see cool interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center, and earn a Junior Ranger badge. There are no poisonous animals or insects in the dunes - they are safe for all ages. Many ranger programs are kid-friendly; ask at the Visitor Center for the best programs for kids during your stay in the park.
The Junior Ranger Program at Great Sand Dunes is designed for kids ages 3-12, with activities for each age group. Complete the sections in the booklet for your age group, and earn a badge or a patch! Booklets require a minimum stay in the park of two hours for completion.
Junior Ranger Day Each summer the park hosts a special day with numerous activities for kids, including learning about nature, primitive skills, sand sculpturing, crafts and more. June 8 is the date for 2013! The main activities take place from 9am-1pm. Plan to come early because parking, camping and lodging will fill quickly.
NPS Photo by Melanie Rawlins
Did You Know?
In average to wet years, Medano Creek is a popular beach environment at Great Sand Dunes. When creek flow is high, some children even raft the shallow waters. More...