Park Campground and Medano Pass Road Closed for Winter
The Pinon Flats Campground is closed for the winter season until April 1. The Medano Pass Road remains closed for winter at Castle Creek Picnic area until snow and ice melt out. More »
Main Park Phone Lines Down
The main phone lines to the Visitor Center and primary park numbers are not operational. Individual staff lines are still functional. Please call 719-378-6373 to reach the Visitor Center.
Photos & Multimedia
View the the most recent photos of the park on our Flickr page. These photos are available in a variety of sizes on Flickr, and are free to download and use as public domain images. If you need higher resolution .tif files of any of these photos, please contact our media coordinator at 719-378-6343, or send an email.
See the photo gallery below for over 50 photos of various aspects of the park and preserve, most taken within the past five years. These are very high resolution 300dpi .jpg photos, and may be downloaded directly from the gallery. Maximum-resolution .tif versions of most images on this website, as well as many other images of the park and preserve are available by request. All NPS images may be used for any private, public, or press use. Please credit "NPS Photo". Contact our media coordinator at 719-378-6343, or send an email with specifics on your image needs.
Featured Video Podcast:
Learn how to sand sled and sandboard in this fun 2-minute video with music on YouTube. National Park Service, 2013.
Medano Creek Podcast - This short National Park Service video on YouTube reveals the creek's uniqueness and attraction for people of all ages! 2010.
Did You Know?
Alpine lakes such as Upper Sand Creek Lake are part of the mountain watershed of Great Sand Dunes, and provide a dramatic contrast to the stark dunefield. More...