Park Campground and Medano Pass Road Closed for Winter
The Pinon Flats Campground and Medano Pass Primitive Road are closed for the winter season. More »
Main Park Phone Lines Down
A snowstorm on March 2 knocked out the main phone lines to the Visitor Center and primary park numbers (719-378-6300, 719-378-6395, 719-378-6399). Individual staff lines are still functional. Please call 719-378-6343 to reach the Visitor Center.
NPS Photo by Patrick Myers
The Great Sand Dunes are made for kids! You can:
- go to a fun ranger program (ask at the Visitor Center for the best kid-friendly programs during your visit)
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 special activities for kids, including learning about nature, primitive skills, sand sculpturing, crafts and more. June 7 is the date for 2014! The main activities take place from 9am-1pm. Plan to arrive early because parking, camping and lodging will fill quickly.
Did You Know?
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...