The Great Sand Dunes will offer daily ranger programs at the Visitor Center and Amphitheater starting Friday, May 23. All programs are free, fun, and interactive and designed to give visitors an understanding of all there is to see and do at Great Sand Dunes. This summer, rangers will lead night hikes for visitors to explore natural sounds and dark skies. You might even meet a live animal or sing a fun camp song. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Wilderness Act, evening programs will focus on the unique wilderness areas within Great Sand Dunes and the wildlife that call this special place home. Visitor Center is open starting May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monte Vista Crane Festival For the past 2,000 years, the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge has witnessed the migration of thousands of sandhill cranes. This year the 31st Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival will be March 7-9, and will be educational as well as fun. They will have an arts & crafts fair, bus tours, and educational lectures at the Middle School by biologists & wildlife experts