• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado


Ambassadors for Wilderness

Ambassadors for Wilderness youth backpack in the forests of Great Sand Dunes National Preserve.

NPS/Dirk Oden

Ambassadors for Wilderness Youth Program

Regional Junior High and High School students can go wild this summer!

Great Sand Dunes offers free, immersive, multi-day backpacking trips into the mountains of Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, part of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Students participate in outdoor leadership skills and make new friends while also completing a service project.

Watch a fun 10-minute video introduction to Ambassadors for Wilderness on YouTube!

2015 Sessions

Junior High Session
June 14-18

High School Session
July 12-18

Advanced Session
(must have participated in at least one session previously)
July 26-31

Applications will be posted here this spring! Email for more information about the program.

Sandboarding Girl at Castle Creek

Sandboarding is popular with teens as well as all ages!

NPS/Patrick Myers

Sandboarding and Sand Sledding

Teens love to slide down the dunes! Watch a fun, short how-to video and find out what gear to use on our Sandboarding and Sand Sledding page!

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