The National Park Service may require a special use permit for certain activities to occur in Great Sand Dunes National Park. These include organized gatherings like weddings or church services, public assemblies and demonstrations, special events, filming and some commercial activities like commercial travel or still photography. A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
Please note that while a special park use may meet the above criteria, not all activities are approved based on park specific resources, visitation and potential impact.
The term Special Events includes sport events, pageants, celebrations, exhibitions, and other activities that the general visitor does not participate in. The event must have a direct connection to Great Sand Dunes and fits within the park’s mission. The event, which is not a demonstration, must have a permit if it engages one or more persons and/or the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
It is the policy of the National Park Service to permit groups to assemble peaceably and exercise freedom of speech on park lands. To carry out our mission to preserve Great Sand Dunes’ cultural and natural heritage and protect park resources, we manage a public assembly through a permit system. Groups of 25 or more must obtain a permit from the park superintendent. The permit regulates conditions for assembly such as site location, dates, time, distribution of literature (the how not the content).The National Park Service is mindful of the responsibility to protect the rights of all visitors, and equally alert to provide for the safety of all persons practicing their First Amendment rights. A decision on whether a permit is to be issued – whether approved or denied – will be rendered within two business days. Please contact the Permit Office directly by email or phone 719-378-6322.
The scattering of ashes is permitted in the park with certain restrictions and conditions. A permit is also required. Please contact the permit office directly by email or phone 719-378-6322.
Last updated: August 10, 2023