• 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. Voicemail is not functioning. Please call the Visitor Center at 719-378-6395 between 8:30-6:00 MST to reach a staff member.

Field Trips

Planning Your Field Trip to Great Sand Dunes

There are countless possibilities for study at the Great Sand Dunes. Themes surrounding geology, ecology, and history are the most commonly explored. However, a creative teacher can turn the park into an outstanding classroom for civics, mathematics, engineering, creative writing, art or any number of topics.

You may search for lesson plans from our curriculum materials to organize a self-guided trip or arrange a ranger-guided program.

Consult the field trip guidelines for chaperones and teachers.

Ranger-Guided Programs

Programs are subject to staff availability. Make arrangements at least two weeks in advance, especially during the busy spring season.

Call 719-378-6341 or send an email to request a ranger-guided program.

Educational Entrance Fee Waiver

Groups with an accredited school that are visiting the park for primarily educational purposes may also apply for an entrance fee waiver. You must include formal educational content during your field trip in order to qualify. Download and fill out the Educational Entrance Fee Waiver Form (.pdf file, 78KB). Form must be received at least two weeks prior to your visit. Complete the form and fax to 719-378-6310 or mail to: Fee Supervisor, Great Sand Dunes NPP, 11500 Hwy. 150, Mosca, CO 81146.

Questions about fee waivers may be directed to: Fee Supervisor, (719) 378-6352, or send an email.

Transportation Funds

Accredited schools from the local San Luis Valley coming to the Great Sand Dunes for primarily educational purposes are eligible to apply for transportation funds through the Environmental and Conservation Education Council.

Wheels to the Field funds can be used to reimburse mileage and driver expenses for field trips that meet the criteria listed on the application form.

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Did You Know?

Surge flow, Medano Creek

Medano Creek, flowing at the base of Great Sand Dunes, is one of the few and best places in the world to experience "surge flow", where creek water comes in rhythmic waves. More...