Centennial Jazz Concert Poster

NPS Centennial Jazz Band in Alamosa Concert Sep. 9

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the New Orleans Jazz NHP Centennial Band is touring the nation! Friends of the Dunes. Alamosa Live Music Association, and Society Hall have teamed up to bring this incredible opportunity to Alamosa on September 9. Doors open at 6:30 and you will want to be there by 7:00 to learn a bit about this National Historic Park before experiencing a fantastic jazz concert.


Early Bird - $15
At the Door - $20

Proceeds benefit Friends of the Dunes, supporting education and research programs at the park!

Purchase Early Bird tickets at:

Green Spot - 711 State Street
Narrow Gauge Newsstand - 602 Main Street - click on "Buy Tickets Here"

Mark Dawson Photo
Mark Dawson Tintype Photograph

Free Historic Tintype Photography Demonstrations and Workshop October 15-16

As we continue our year-long celebration of the National Park Service's centennial, we not only look forward to cutting edge art, but we also look back to historic photographic techniques in use as the first national parks were being established. Tintype photography is a 19th century photographic method that has been rekindled by professional photographer and teacher Mark Dawson. On Saturday from 10-2, Mark will do informal public demonstrations at the visitor center of tintype photography and image processing. On Sunday, Mark will lead a free workshop for up to 7 participants in making their own images. Call 719-378-6343 to reserve a spot for the workshop. (Only 3 spots left as of September 7!) View Mark Dawson's website to learn more about his work.

Joseph Fellows 3D Printing
One of the ways Great Sand Dunes is celebrating the National Park Service Centennial is by celebrating the arts, from traditional to cutting-edge. Sculptor Joseph Fellows led 3D scanning/printing demonstrations in April, the first of four artist workshops scheduled in 2016.

2016 National Park Service Centennial Events

Numerous special events are planned at Great Sand Dunes in 2016!

Kathy and Willa celebrate Every Kid in a Park
Great Sand Dunes Park Ranger, Kathy Faz, presents San Luis Valley 4th grader, Willa Seesz-Sanchez with her Every Kid in a Park free access pass.

Great Sand Dunes Welcomes 4th Grade Students through "Every Kid in a Park"
New National Program Encourages Families and Classes to Visit National Parks

Mosca, CO – Great Sand Dunes invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new "Every Kid in a Park" program. Fourth grade students can visit the website,, to complete an activity and obtain a voucher which they can then exchange for a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national park units, wildlife refuge areas, and US national forests. View full press release (pdf) >

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Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146


(719) 378-6395
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