Planning a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Rockies

Park Size: 149,028 acres (232.86 sq miles) (603.10 sq km)

Location: Alamosa and Saguache Counties

Closest Cities: Alamosa, Colorado

Busy Season: May to August

Visitation: 527,546 (in 2019)

How much does Great Sand Dunes National Park Cost?

Great Sand Dunes National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $25
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $20

An annual Great Sand Dunes National Park Pass costs $35 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $45 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Great Sand Dunes National Park Open?

Great Sand Dunes National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Great Sand Dunes National Park?

Yes, Great Sand Dunes is one of the most dog-friendly National Parks. Pets are welcome in the Main Dune area along with Dunes Overlook Trail and the Medano Pass Primitive Road. Pets are not allowed elsewhere in the park. Please review the Great Sand Dunes Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Great Sand Dunes.

Where are Great Sand Dunes National Park’s visitor centers?

Great Sand Dunes National Park Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Land Acknowledgments for Great Sand Dunes National Park

The National Park known as Great Sand Dunes National Park sits on Jicarilla Apache, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

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Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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