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

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 6 is the date for 2015! The main activities take place in the morning. Plan to arrive early because parking, camping and lodging will fill quickly! This is the second busiest weekend of the year.

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