While hunting is not permitted in Great Sand Dunes National Park, licensed hunters may hunt in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve during designated legal seasons. Hunter registration with the National Park Service is now voluntary (not required). Please be familiar with hunting access, game transport corridors, and guidelines before beginning your hunt.
Hunters may access Great Sand Dunes National Preserve via:
Game Transport and Hunter Access Location Map (.pdf file, updated 2019)
View the map linked above for details on where you can access hunting in the preserve and where you can transport game through the national park.
Registration is suggested, but not required, for hunting in the national preserve. This can be done by:
1) calling the Visitor Center at 719-378-6395, or
2) stopping at the Visitor Center between 9:00-4:00, or
3) leaving a message after hours at 719-378-6326
Please see the Great Sand Dunes Compendiums of Regulations for details.
Reservations for Cold Creek
Due to overgrazing, there is a limit on pack animals permitted in the Cold Creek drainage. No more than two hunting parties with a combined maximum of six (6) head of livestock may establish campsites and maintain their livestock within the watershed drainage of Cold Creek at any one time during hunting season. Any one hunting party is limited to four (4) head of livestock. Each hunting party with livestock must have a permit to camp and/or hunt in the Cold Creek drainage. Please call ahead three (3) months or less in advance to check if your animals are within the limit, and to reserve pack animal use in Cold Creek; call 719-378-6395 between 9:00-4:00.
Contact the Chief Ranger at 719-378-6321 or via email for a list of guides that are authorized to lead hunts in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve.
Please email or call the Visitor Center at 719-378-6395.
Last updated: March 31, 2020