Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, home to the tallest dunes in North America, will celebrate National Park Week, April 18 through 26, 2015. To get the celebration going, Great Sand Dunes will waive entrance fees and provide ranger programs and engaging social media events on opening weekend, April 18 and 19. With no entrance fee being charged, it is the perfect time of the year to enjoy a picnic at the dunes parking area, splash in Medano creek, or rent a sand sled or sand board and experience the dunes in a fun and exciting way.

Great Sand Dunes will provide 2 ranger programs at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the visitor center starting Friday, April 17 2015 and ending on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Each ranger program will celebrate the unique resources of Great Sand Dunes and teach visitors about the other 406 park units that the National Park Service protects and preserves. The Western National Parks Association bookstore will honor a 15% discount on all items except for food and stamps. This is a great opportunity for visitors to purchase items to help them plan their next national park visit or pick-up a souvenir reminding them of their visit to the tallest dunes in North America.

The rangers at Great Sand Dunes invite all visitors to participate in a social media event on Sunday, April 19, 2015 to kick off the National Park Services’ Find Your Park campaign. Park Rangers will challenge visitors to “Meet a Park Ranger”, an activity designed to encourage visitors of all ages to experience their national park and meet the individuals who work to protect and preserve these special places. Visitors can find rangers throughout the park starting at 9am and ending at 4pm on Sunday, April 19. When a visitor locates a ranger in a flat hat and the green and grey uniform or volunteer uniform, they can capture a selfie with them, and upload the image to their Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook account with the hashtag, #InstaMeet. Visitors who participate in this social media event on Sunday will receive stickers promoting the Find Your Park campaign. Visitors are welcome to continue to share their photos throughout National Park week, uploading them to all social media platforms with the hashtag,, #FindYourPark. For more information on how to participate in this social media event, stop by the visitor center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or call the visitor center at 719-378-6399.