• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

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Visitor Center

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center features:

-20-minute movie about the park

- Interactive exhibits for all ages

- Bookstore with wide selection of books, postcards, magnets, T-Shirts, posters, and more

- Exhibit area of fine art paintings and photography

- First Aid Room

- Back porch with viewing scope

- Restrooms and drinking water

- Simple snacks

- Firewood for sale (when campground concessioner is not open)

- Rangers to answer questions and help you plan your visit

Video Microscope to view sand grains

Interactive exhibits at the Visitor Center include a video microscope, rock/mineral table, and lightning tube

The Visitor Center is open every day year-round except federal holidays in winter.

The park and preserve are open 24 hours a day throughout the year. Visitor Center hours are generally:

9-4:30 in winter

9-5 in spring and fall

8:30-6:00 in summer

Did You Know?

Surge flow, Medano Creek

Medano Creek, flowing at the base of Great Sand Dunes, is one of the few and best places in the world to experience "surge flow", where creek water comes in rhythmic waves. More...