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.
Got ideas on what you'd like to study with your class at Great Sand Dunes? You are free to conduct your own lessons and guided hikes during your visit.
The Great Sand Dunes Online Curriculum is full of ideas for pre- and post-trip lessons you can do in the classroom and also activities for your onsite visit to the park.
Keep in mind that you are teaching in a national park and that means you may not collect or alter natural features of the park (i.e. sand, plants, flowers, rocks, artifacts, etc.)
The Visitor Center includes interactive displays as well as a 20-minute film and auditorium.
The Junior Ranger program is another self-guided option for exploring and learning about the park. The booklets are available for 50 cents each and people who complete the booklet are awarded either a badge or patch.
For more information on self-guided field trips, email the Education Ranger or call 719-378-6344.
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...