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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Pets are permitted in the main Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve dog-friendly day use areas and in the national preserve in Mosca, CO, as long as they are kept on a leash less than 6 feet long. Dogs are not permitted in the national park backcountry. Please keep the park clean by cleaning up after your pet. Unless you are in the moist, cool sand of Medano Creek, plan to hike with your pet in morning or evening in summer months to avoid hot sand. Visit Website

Or call (719) 378-6399 or email grsa_interpretation@nps.gov for more information.


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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 3 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 971 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Melissa
    Feb. 15, 2022
    The Best place for a dog

    I just left here(Feb 22) and there were no other dogs there. Since we have been traveling, I must admit I left my dog off leash. She was in heaven. She just ran around and enjoyed herself. Because there is no set path you can go up the dunes where ever you want. Just ensure you pick up your dogs poop! It was great. How ever we did encounter a sand storm. All in all highly recommend!!!

  • Ami
    Jul. 1, 2021
    Dogs welcome!!

    The truth about national parks, is that they say that dogs are allowed, but really only on one or two trails, or they are often limited to parking lots. This park was stunning, and truly dog friendly. I do think our ocean loving pooches were a bit confused by all the sand and no surf 😆

  • Chris
    Jun. 3, 2021
    Great park, easy accessibility

    My old lab loved the Montville Nature Trail near the visitor center. Perfect for a quick visit on our way past, but you could definitely make a whole day out of it if you want to climb the actual dunes. Get there early though, like 8am

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