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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.

  • 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


  • Great Sand Dunes Announces Public Programs and Events During Great Sand Dunes Appreciation Month in April

    March 22, 2021 | 5:43 pm

    For National Park Week April 17-25, Great Sand Dunes is planning events, social media posts and programs to align with Visit Alamosa’s campaign, “We Love Our National Park.”

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes Begins Recruitment for the 2021 Conservation Internship Program

    March 10, 2021 | 2:07 pm

    Great Sand Dunes is actively recruiting energetic, committed young adults who are interested in a career with a federal land agency for this year’s Conservation Internship Program. The internship program recruits young adults from San Luis Valley communities to work at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve to learn skills, contribute to meaningful park projects, and create experiences that will make them marketable in a career with a public land agency.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Annual Christmas Bird Count at Great Sand Dunes to be Held on December 26th

    December 11, 2020 | 11:10 am

    The annual Christmas Bird Count will be taking place on December 26th, 2020. This is a long-standing holiday tradition across many parks, public lands, communities, towns, and even in big cities across the world. Be a part of the fun by volunteering to help resource management count the birds of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes National Park Backpacking Permits Available Online Only Starting November 18, 2020

    November 2, 2020 | 9:11 am

    Great Sand Dunes will implement an online permit system for backpacking in the National Park starting November 18, 2020 at 8amMT. Backpackers must purchase a permit for the Dunes Backcountry and the designated backcountry campsites along the Sand Ramp Trail through the Recreation.gov online reservation system.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Great Sand Dunes to Re-open the Visitor Center on October 1

    September 28, 2020 | 12:54 pm

    Starting on Thursday, October 1, the park will implement part of Phase 3 and re-open access to the visitor center interior, including the public restrooms, some interior exhibits, and the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) park store.

    Read more at nps.gov