• Great Sand Dunes and Sangre de Cristo Mountains

    Great Sand Dunes

    National Park & Preserve Colorado

Operating Hours & Seasons

Hiker on Dunes

You may hike on the dunes 24 hours a day.  A free permit from the Visitor Center is needed if you plan to camp on the dunes at night.

NPS/Scott Hansen

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In winter, the Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except for federal holidays, when the building is closed. The Visitor Center has longer hours in spring, summer and fall; call ahead at 719-378-6395 for specific Visitor Center information and hours for the time of your visit. In 2013, summer hours for the Visitor Center begin May 26; hours are 8:30-6 daily.

 

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