Plan Your Visit

seasons of change at the dunes

There is no one-size-fits-all for planning your trip to the dunes. There are so many ways to enjoy the park throughout the seasons. Spring splashes the river banks of the Heron Rookery with an abundance of colorful wildflowers in this birder's paradise. Lake Michigan summer sunsets paint the skies with vibrant rays that light up a picture-perfect picnic settings, in fall, Maple trees burst with warm red and golden hues crafting a spectacular backdrop for a hike by the Chellberg Farm, and winter brings a scenic canvass of virgin white and blue begging for a cross-country ski escapade.

Each season offers exciting ways to enjoy the park. As the seasons change, so do the recreational opportunities, park facility operating hours, closures, and safety concerns. Follow these links to help you shape your special way to visit the splendor of the dunes.

  • Basic Information – Lists operating hours, fees, passes, permits, reservations, weather pets, and services
  • Directions &Transportation – Offers directions from surrounding areas.
  • Things to Do – Offers a variety of ways to visit the park to include outdoor recreation and educational opportunities.
  • Trip Itineraries – Organizes trip suggestions by allocated time in the park.
  • Safety – Listing of safety concerns for each season and how to reduce your risk while in the park
  • Accessibility – List accessible areas of the park.
  • Nearby Attractions - Looking for adventures close to the park? Find them here.

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