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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

If you believe this information is incorrect or needs updating, please let us know here.
So what does "Park Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has detailed information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Colorado and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Colorado and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 16, 2021
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - News section for more.

  • Annual Christmas Bird Count at Great Sand Dunes to be Held on December 23rd

    December 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm

    Great Sand Dunes invites birders and nature enthusiasts in the San Luis Valley to participate in the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held at various locations within Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on Thursday, December 23 at 8 am.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Business Opportunities for the Sale of Firewood and Other Services

    December 6, 2021 | 5:53 pm

    Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has announced business opportunities for firewood sales, and incidental visitor services within the Park. Incidental visitor services include the sale of sunscreen, insect repellent, limited camping supplies and vended beverages.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes National Park Postpones Planned Liberty Prescribed Burn

    November 4, 2021 | 4:30 pm

    Due to changing fuel and weather conditions, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has postponed the Liberty prescribed burning operation that was scheduled for November 8-12.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Prescribed Burning Planned at Great Sand Dunes National Park

    October 21, 2021 | 12:53 pm

    A prescribed burn is planned for November 8-12 on the north side of Great Sand Dunes National Park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Prescribed Burning Planned At Great Sand Dunes National Park

    October 8, 2021 | 5:00 pm

    A prescribed burn is planned in the Liberty area of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Two proposed burn windows are October 26-29, and November 8-12

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes Announces Fish Restocking in the Upper Sand Creek Drainage

    August 20, 2021 | 12:57 pm

    Over the coming weeks, Rio Grande cutthroat trout are scheduled to be restocked in the Sand Creek drainage.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes will Close Montville Nature Trail for Maintenance and Repairs

    May 31, 2021 | 9:59 am

    Great Sand Dunes will close portions of Montville Nature Trail to complete maintenance and repairs on the upper bridge from June 2 to June 8, 2021. Visitors will still have access to the remainder of Montville Nature Trail, Wellington Ditch Trail, and Mosca Pass Trail by accessing the Montville Nature Trail from the lower bridge.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes Announces Dates for its Youth Archeology Expedition

    April 20, 2021 | 12:19 pm

    Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will host two summer Youth Archeology Expeditions (YAE) for San Luis Valley middle school and high school students. YAE is a 6-day program that introduces participants to the discipline of prehistoric and historic archeology through place-based learning.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes Announces Dates for its Youth Archeology Expedition

    April 20, 2021 | 12:19 pm

    Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will host two summer Youth Archeology Expeditions (YAE) for San Luis Valley middle school and high school students. YAE is a 6-day program that introduces participants to the discipline of prehistoric and historic archeology through place-based learning.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Celebrate National Park Week

    April 15, 2021 | 6:05 pm

    National Parks across the country celebrate National Park Week each year in April with special programs, events, social media themes, and fee-free day(s). Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, along with 422 other park units, will celebrate National Park Week from Saturday, April 17, through Sunday, April 25, 2021.

    Read more at nps.gov