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

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Indiana Dunes National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park Basics

Region: Midwest / Great Lakes

Park Size: 15,067 acres (23.54 sq miles) (60.97 sq km)

Location: Porter, Lake, and LaPorte counties

Closest Cities: Beverly Shores and Porter, Indiana

Busy Season: May to October

Visitation: 2,134,285 (in 2019)

How much does Indiana Dunes National Park Cost?

Indiana Dunes National Park is free to enter with the exception of West Beach. The West Beach fee is:

  • 1-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $6
  • 1-day Motorcycle Pass – $6

The American the Beautiful Pass provides a 50% discount on the West Beach fee. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Indiana Dunes National Park Open?

Indiana Dunes National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Indiana Dunes National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Indiana Dunes National Park and allowed on the beaches. Pets are not allowed on the Pinhook Bog Trail but are allowed on the Pinhook Upland Trail. Please review the Indiana Dunes Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Indiana Dunes.

Where are Indiana Dunes National Park’s visitor centers?

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Land Acknowledgments for Indiana Dunes National Park

The National Park known as Indiana Dunes National Park sits on Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi), Myaamia, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ 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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