Experience the Night
Photo by Carl Fredrickson - Used by Permission
Image by Tyler Nordgren
Half the park is after dark! Nightime at Great Sand Dunes can include dunes exploration under a bright full moon, viewing thousands of stars on a clear moonless night, listening for owls along the foothills, or viewing migrating amphibians on a wet night.
With a combination of dry air, little light pollution, and high elevation, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is an excellent and easily accessible dark sky viewing location!
Image by Dennis Strassburg - Used by Permission
Planning to Experience the Night
Programs and Events
Summer night programs are a good way to experience and understand the night sky and nocturnal ecology. Check the program schedule during summer months to see what evening programs are scheduled during your visit.
Junior Ranger Night Explorer
Kids ages 5-12 can be become a Junior Ranger Night Explorer and earn a Night Explorer patch by completing an activity booklet. Activities are divided into several age levels. Get your free booklet at the Visitor Center!