Ranger Programs

Amphitheater Program at Night
Images and videos are shown during summer evening programs at Great Sand Dunes' open-air amphitheater.

NPS/Graham Oden

Free Ranger Programs


Your visit can be more enjoyable when you better understand the environment around you. Ranger programs are offered primarily late spring through fall, and occasionally during other times of the year as staffing permits.

 

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Free Ranger Programs October 24 - 31, 2021

All programs are weather-dependent.

Sunday, October 24

10:30 am Porch Talk: It’s About Time. Join us as we go through Earth’s geologic history and learn about some of the events that led to the formation of the Great Sand Dunes. In front of the visitor center, 15 minutes.

Monday, October 25
10:30 am Porch Talk: It’s About Time. Join us as we go through Earth’s geologic history and learn about some of the events that led to the formation of the Great Sand Dunes. In front of the visitor center, 15 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program: Earth, Wind, and Water. Learn more about the formation of the Great Sand Dunes. Amphitheater, 20 minutes

Thursday, October 28
10:30 am Porch Talk: Buried Treasures. Discover how the Great Sand Dunes formed over time, and what people in the past may have experienced here. View real artifacts and fossils. In front of the visitor center, 15 minutes

Friday, October 29
10:30 am Porch Talk: It’s About Time. Join us as we go through Earth’s geologic history, and learn about some of the events that led to the formation of the Great Sand Dunes. In front of the visitor center, 15 minutes.

Saturday, October 30
10:30 am Porch Talk: What’s in the Sand? While the dunes may seem barren, they are rich with stories of change over time, flowing water, and life surviving in the sand! In front of the visitor center, 15 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program: The Ice Hidden in the Sand. While the dunes tell a story of heat and sand, there is another story told here, a story of the ice age. We will go through these clues to learn about what this area looked like 12,000 years ago. Amphitheater, 20 minutes.

Sunday, October 31
10:30 am Porch Talk: It’s About Time. Join us as we go through Earth’s geologic history and learn about some of the events that led to the formation of the Great Sand Dunes. In front of the visitor center, 15 minutes.

3:30 pm Afternoon Program: Earth, Wind, and Water. Learn more about the formation of the Great Sand Dunes. Amphitheater, 20 minutes

 
Ranger with Students by Medano Creek
Ranger with Students Beside Medano Creek

NPS/Patrick Myers

Programs for Schools

Free educational programs at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve provide hands-on field experiences that can support and enhance your learning objectives. Visit our Education Page to learn more and request a program!

 
A 4WD vehicle on a mountain pass road
Four-wheel drive expeditions are just one of the types of tours offered by commercial guides.

Courtesy Pathfinders 4x4

Commercial Tours

For commercially-guided birding, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and four-wheel-drive tours, visit the Commercial Tours page.

Last updated: October 24, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca , CO 81146

Phone:

719 378-6395
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center main number

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