Kids & Youth

Girls Sand Sledding

Rent specially designed sand sleds to slide on the dunes.

NPS/Patrick Myers

The Great Sand Dunes are fun for kids and teens!

You can:

- play in the sand

- sled or sandboard

- splash in Medano Creek

- hike in the mountains

- see cool interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center

- earn a Junior Ranger badge

- go to a fun ranger program (ask at the Visitor Center for the best kid-friendly programs during your visit)

- discover animals of Great Sand Dunes

Junior Ranger Book Cover

Junior Ranger Booklet

NPS/Patrick Myers

Be a Junior Ranger

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.

Video Microscope to view sand grains

Interactive exhibits such as the Video Microscope bring science learning to life in the Visitor Center at Great Sand Dunes.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Interactive Exhibits in the Visitor Center help kids of all ages learn about the park. A geology rock and mineral table, small lightning tube, and other exhibits make learning fun for pre-schoolers to adults.
Junior Ranger Day 2007

Hundreds of kids turn out each year for Junior Ranger Day!

NPS Photo

Junior Ranger Day

The 2015 date for this annual event was June 6. Check this page in early 2016 for the 2016 date!

Kids of all ages participate in a variety of fun activities to earn frisbees, t-shirts and other items. This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Dunes. Plan to reserve camping ahead and arrive early! Camping, lodging, and parking typically fill quickly in and near the park.

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