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Location: To access the main park area, including the Dunes Parking Lot, Visitor Center, and Pinyon Flats Campground, take US 160 to CO 150 from the south, or CO 17 to Lane 6 to CO 150 from the west. The national park is at the north end of CO 150.
Pets are permitted in most commonly used areas of the park and all of the preserve. They must be leashed at all times (except for licensed hunters in season in the national preserve only), and owners must clean up after them.
Pets are not permitted in:
• Dunefield outside the main day use area
• Sand Ramp Trail north of Point of No Return, including backpacking sites
• Undeveloped parts of the national park outside the day use areas and road corridors
** Safety Tips **
During summer days, plan to keep your pet on the moist, cool sand near Medano Creek. Access the dunes with your pet only in early morning or evening to avoid 150 degree F sand.
Keeping your pet on a leash less than six feet long is the best protection against negative wildlife encounters. Pets may not be left tied to vehicles, trees or other objects. To prevent injuries, do not allow your pet to get close to a wild animal
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is one of only a few national parks that permits pets in many areas. Responsible pet ownership in the park and preserve will enable the park to continue to allow you to visit with your pets in the future.