Great Sand Dunes
National Park & Preserve Colorado


2020 Calendar of Events

More events will be added as they are confirmed!
Amphitheater at Night During Ranger Program
Summer evening ranger programs are popular for all ages!

NPS/Graham Oden

Friday, May 8 - October 30

Summer Ranger Programs

Evening programs will be offered on most weekends in the summer at the outdoor amphitheater. Afternoon programs on weekends and some weekdays will allow visitors to learn more about the unique resources of Great Sand Dunes. View the current ranger program schedule.
View of Visitor Center with Mountains in Background
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center

NPS/Patrick Myers

Friday, May 22 - Monday, September 7

Extended Visitor Center Hours

Great Sand Dunes will offer extended visitor center hours starting Friday, May 22 through Labor Day weekend. The visitor center will be open daily from 8:30am to 5pm.
Portrait of Ute Roland McCook in Feathered Headdress
Roland McCook (pictured) and Morgan Dawn Allen will share Ute heritage and culture at Great Sand Dunes July 25.

Lois Sprague

Saturday, July 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ute Culture and Heritage with Roland McCook and Morgan Dawn Allen

The Ute people have lived in the Great Sand Dunes region for centuries. Roland McCook, a descendant of the family group of 19th century Ute leaders Ouray and Chipeta, will share stories, cultural objects and historic photos, while Morgan Dawn Allen helps children create their own beaded bracelets at no charge (while supplies last). They will informally share and answer questions at the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center between 10am-2pm, and give a more formal presentation at 1pm.
Kids Jumping with Ranger
Kids do the kangaroo rat jumping race on Junior Ranger Day!

NPS/Patrick Myers

Saturday, August 1, 9 am – 1 pm

Junior Ranger Day

Junior Ranger Day is a fun opportunity for kids of all ages to participate in exploratory learning activities and games. Participants will have the opportunity to earn prizes after completing a variety of activities. This event is made possible with generous support from Friends of the Dunes.
Milky Way over Great Sand Dunes
The Milky Way gently glows over the dunes and Mount Herard.

NPS/Patrick Myers

Saturday, August 15, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Great Sand Dunes Annual Astronomy Event

Celebrate the beauty of the night with park staff and amateur astronomers! More details to come.

Hispanic man holding a Catholic Statue
Geronimo Olivas

Courtesy Valley Courier News

Saturday, September 19, 1:00 pm
Visitor Center

Master Santero Geronimo Olivas

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, Master Santero Geronimo Olivas will demonstrate and present the making of 'santos', statues that are a part of the cultural tradtion of the Catholic church in the region.


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Last updated: March 16, 2020

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11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146


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