Special Use Permits are required to hold events including weddings or commercial filming. Research Permits are required to conduct scientific research or surveys. On this page you will find information to determine the type of permit you need, as well as links to required forms.
Special Use Permits must be acquired before holding any event (such as a wedding) or for commercial filming in the national park or preserve. For questions or for more information, email or call the Acting Chief Ranger at 719-378-6322.
Please download the appropriate application below (general permit or commercial filming permit), complete all sections, and mail with any required fees to:
Acting Chief Ranger
General Special Use Permit (for weddings and other events; .docx file, 31KB)
There are a number of locations that may be used for weddings, including locations along the edge of the dunes, the picnic areas, and the Amphitheater. View images of the park's developed facilities:
Please read the Guidelines for Commercial Filming (.pdf file, 60KB). Please note that commercial filming, except for certain educational purposes, is not permitted within designated wilderness areas, including the main dunefield of Great Sand Dunes. The main dunefield may be used as a backdrop. Some commercial filmers use the Escape Dunes area, near the main dunefield, for commercial filming. These small dunes provide a dune foreground, while the main dunefield is highly visible behind them. See these photos of the Escape Dunes:
Special Use Permit for Commercial Filming, Long Form (.doc file, 79 kb)
Special Use Permit for Commercial Filming, Short Form (.doc file, 57 kb)
Permits for Research
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve encourages scientific research by academic, agency, and independent research scientists.
Priority for a research permit is given to research proposals that focus on those resources that are most pertinent to the Great Sand Dunes system: hydrology, geology, archeology (historic and prehistoric), and biological elements that are endemic to Great Sand Dunes, or elements whose natural histories are strongly influenced by the sand dunes system.
How to Obtain a Research and Collection Permit for Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Please read the complete Guidelines for Obtaining a Research and Collection Permit (pdf file, 120kb, 2013).
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