• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

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    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.

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Great Sand Dunes Quarter

The new Great Sand Dunes 2014 quarter

Courtesy U.S. Mint

Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter Launch
and Coin Exchange
Everyone is cordially invited to this special event commemorating the release of the 2014 Great Sand Dunes National Park quarter, the 24th coin to be released in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The quarter launch will take place September 4, 2014 at 10:00 am, Great Sand Dunes Parking Area.

A coin exchange begins immediately following the the quarter launch event. One roll ($10) minimum, 10 roll ($100) maximum.

The United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the event (September 3) at the Alamosa Recreation Center from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
 
Ranger Katherine Faz with Owl

Chief of Visitor Services and Interpretation Katherine Faz with a barred owl at the Amphitheater during a presentation by the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Free Programs with Live Raptors July 19 and Sept. 5

On Saturday, July 19 and Friday, September 5, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., join the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo for a 45-minute presentation at the Amphitheater to learn more about raptors in Colorado. Meet a live owl, eagle, and other birds of prey!

 

Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, July 19 – "Birds of Flight", Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center – 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo for a 45-minute presentation at the Amphitheater to learn more about raptors in Colorado and meet a live owl, bald eagle, and other birds of prey!

August

Monday, August 25 - National Park Service Birthday

Enjoy a fee-free day to celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service. On this day in 1916, the National Park Service was established as a federal agency of the Department of the Interior, responsible for protecting national parks and monuments. Great Sand Dunes will honor this day in history with ranger programs that highlight other special places that the National Park Service protects.

September

Thursday, September 4 – Great Sand Dunes America the Beautiful Quarter Launch Ceremony

Great Sand Dunes will host a ceremony at the Dunes Parking Lot in honor of being featured on the reverse side of a new U.S. Quarter. The image selected for the Quarter is representative of Great Sand Dunes and portrays unique features such as Mount Herard and the picturesque dunes. The ceremony will be free and open to the public.

Friday, September 5 – "Birds of Flight", Pueblo Nature and Raptor Center – 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo for a 45-minute presentation at the Amphitheater to learn more about raptors in Colorado and meet a live owl, bald eagle, and other birds of prey!

All programs and eventsare free and open to the public. Entrance fees are $3 per adult (age 16 and older). Entrance fees are valid for one week from date of purchase. Time and location of events and programs are subject to change.

 
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Did You Know?

Children rafting Medano Creek

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...