Park Campground and Medano Pass Road Closed for Winter
The Pinon Flats Campground and Medano Pass Primitive Road are closed for the winter season. More »
Main Park Phone Lines Down
A snowstorm on March 2 knocked out the main phone lines to the Visitor Center and primary park numbers (719-378-6300, 719-378-6395, 719-378-6399). Individual staff lines are still functional. Please call 719-378-6343 to reach the Visitor Center.
Laws & Policies
2011 Great Sand Dunes National Park Compendium of Regulations (.doc Word file, 1017 kb)
2011 Great Sand Dunes National Preserve Compendium of Regulations (for mountainous portion of the National Park Service lands; .doc Word file, 71 kb)
Collecting antlers is not allowed anywhere within Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
As of February 22, 2010, a federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit Colorado's constitution and laws, or visit Colorado's state website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. The following federal facilities at Great Sand Dunes are prohibited areas: Visitor Center, Headquarters Building, and all other administrative and maintenance buildings.
Hunting is allowed in season and by permit in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, but is not permitted in Great Sand Dunes National Park. For details, you may view the Great Sand Dunes Compendiums of Regulations below.
Did You Know?
Alpine lakes such as Upper Sand Creek Lake are part of the mountain watershed of Great Sand Dunes, and provide a dramatic contrast to the stark dunefield. More...