During exploration, animals form an internal map of an environment by combining information about specific sensory cues or landmarks with the animal’s motion through space, a process which critically depends on the mammalian hippocampus. The dentate gyrus (DG) is the first stage of the hippocampal trisynaptic circuit where self-motion and sensory cue information are integrated, yet it remains unknown how neurons within the DG encode both cue related (“what”) and spatial (“where”) information during cognitive map formation. Using two photon calcium imaging in head fixed mice running on a treadmill, along with on-line sensory cue manipulation at specific track locations, we have identified robust sensory cue responses in DG granule cells largely independent of spatial location. Granule cell cue responses are stable for long periods of time, selective for the modality of the stimulus and accompanied by strong inhibition of the firing of other active neurons. At the same time, there is a smaller fraction of neurons whose firing is spatially tuned but insensitive to the presentation of nearby cues, similar to traditional place cells. These results demonstrate the existence of “cue cells” in addition to the better characterized “place cells” in the DG, an important heterogeneity that has been previously overlooked. We hypothesize that the observed diversity of representations within the granule cell population may support parallel processing of complementary sensory and spatial information and impact the role of the dentate gyrus in spatial navigation and episodic memory.