Marijuana on Federal Lands
With the legalization of marijuana in the State of Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve would like to provide clarification regarding the use of possession of marijuana on federal lands. The recently passed Colorado State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use.
Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, its facilities and campgrounds. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).
If you have questions, please contact the Chief Ranger's Office at 719-378-6321.
Collecting antlers is not allowed anywhere within Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Unmmanned Aircraft Policy
It is illegal to launch, land, or operate an unmanned aircraft from within the boundaries of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve or other national park units. This law is to protect wildlife, emergency operations, and visitor privacy and enjoyment.
As of February 22, 2010, a federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit Colorado's state website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. The following federal facilities at Great Sand Dunes are prohibited areas: Visitor Center, Headquarters Building, and all other administrative and maintenance buildings.
Hunting is allowed in season in Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, but is not permitted in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park Compendium of Regulations above.
Hang Glider/Paraglider Policy
For the safety of all visitors, the launching or landing of hang gliders and paragliders is not permitted within the boundaries of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.