Fees & Passes

Entrance fees are currently $3 per adult (age 16 and older). Entrance fees are valid for one week from date of purchase. Children are free at all times.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Annual Pass costs $15, and admits pass holder and all family members in the vehicle into the park for one year from date of purchase.

Entrance Fee-Free Days in 2015

  • January 19
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • February 14-16
    Presidents Day weekend

  • April 18-19
    opening weekend of National Park Week

  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday

  • September 26
    National Public Lands Day

  • November 11
    Veterans Day

Active Military

Active members of the military are eligible for a free America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass. See below for information about the pass.

America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

This $80 pass is available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults.

Senior Pass

This is a $10 lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanentresidents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federalrecreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admitsthe pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle feeareas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in personat the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming,boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does notcover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Access Pass

This is a free lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Get more information on the various America the Beautiful passes.

All National Parks Passes, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

Commercial Tour Fees

Commercial Tour Fees (tour buses, touring vans, etc.) are charged by the number of passengers:

1-6 = $25

7-25 = $40

26+ = $100


Camping Fees
Find details on Piñon Flats Campground Fees and Reservations.


Educational Entrance Fee Waiver: Accredited school groups that are planning to visit the park for primarily educational purposes may apply for an entrance fee waiver. The educational content of your trip must relate directly to the resources of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in order to qualify. To apply, download and fill out an Educational Fee Waiver Form (.pdf file, 78KB). Form must be received at least two weeks prior to your visit. When complete, return it via email to the address on the form, fax it to (719) 378-6310, or mail it to: Fee Supervisor, Great Sand Dunes NPP, 11500 Hwy 150, Mosca, CO 81146.

Questions about entrance fees may be directed to: Fee Supervisor, (719) 378-6352, or send an email.

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