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Great Sand Dunes National Park


Colorado

Data & Facts

Directions & Operating hours
Great Sand Dunes National Park is located 35 miles northeast of Alamosa, Colorado, reached by U.S. 160 and Colorado 150 from the south, or from Colorado 17 and County Lane 6 from the west.
By car: From Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo, the fastest route is south on I-25 to Walsenburg, west on US 160, north on state highway 150. For a more scenic drive from Denver or Colorado Springs, you may also get on US 285 south, then state highway 17 south, then County Lane 6 east. From Albuquerque, drive north on I-25 to Santa Fe, then north on US 285 to Alamosa.

Operating hours
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, all year. In winter, the Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except for federal holidays, when the building is closed. In spring and fall, the Visitor Center is generally open 9-5; longer hours may exist as staffing permits. Summer hours at the Visitor Center are generally 9-6. Call ahead at (719)378-6399 for specific hours on the days you plan to visit.
Since the campground is self-registration and first-come, first-served, you may self-register for a site 24 hours a day when sites are available.

Further below under "WebLinks" you can find the official Website of the Park ...

Fees & reservations
Entrance fees are $3 per adult (age 16 and older). Entrance fees are valid for one week from date of purchase. Children are free at all times.
Consider to buy a 1-year National Park Pass which saves you money if you visit more National Parks during the year. Please see our link under "Related Topics" where you find more information.

Lodging

Campgrounds/Reservations & Backcountry Camping Permits
Please find the information under: Camping

Safety Tips
Please find the information under: Before you go: Safety Tips

The Preserve

Including the watersheds for Sand Creek and Medano Creek, the preserve boasts high alpine tundra and lakes, barren scree slopes, and 13,000+ ft Rocky Mountain peaks.
Automobile access in summer from the west is by the Medano Pass Road, which leaves from just north of the Visitor Center. Note the Medano Pass Road is closed by snow in the winter months. Contact the Visitor Center for road conditions at (719) 378-2312 extension 220. From the east, trailheads at Music Pass, Medano Pass, and Mosca Pass provide hiker access. With the exception of the Medano Pass Road, there is no vehicular access through or into the preserve. All three trailheads can be accessed by 4WD vehicle from US Forest Services roads leading off Colorado State Highway 69, between Gardner and Westcliffe, Colorado. For road conditions in the National Forest, call the San Carlos Ranger District at (719) 269-8500.

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