National Park

Great Sand Dunes Dog Policy

Great Sand Dunes National Park is Dog Friendly

Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []

Great Sand Dunes National Park is famous for being home to the largest sand dunes in North America. However, this large park also hosts a varying landscape of grasslands, forests, wetlands, and lakes. There are also several large mountains to climb here. The park is also open 24/7, and offers great stargazing at night.

Great Sand Dunes National Park is a fairly dog friendly park. Dogs are allowed on several trails and dunes, and they are allowed in the front-country campgrounds. Please see the linked NPS Pet Policy details for a map of the specific areas where they're allowed. Also, please note that the sand at Great Sand Dunes can get very hot in the summer, so if you're visiting then, make sure to walk on the sand in the early morning or evening, and make sure your dog has plenty to drink.


Pet Policy Details
168 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed in the Preserve and the following trails:

  • Mosca Pass Trail
  • Dunes Overlook Trail
  • Medano Pass Primitive Road

Dogs must be kept on a 6' leash at all times. While on the Dunes Overlook Trail, they must stay on the trail. They are not allowed in the back-country of the dunefield -- they are limited to the first high ridge of dunes.

Campground Policy

Pets are allowed in the PiƱon Flats campground while on 6' leashes. Pets are not allowed in any back-country camping areas. Details on the campgrounds are below:

Road Policy

Dogs are allowed along roads where vehicles are allowed, as well as on Medano Pass Primitive Road, while they're on 6' leashes.

Location & Map


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Note: Policies can change -- please make sure to check official dog/pet policies prior to making plans or booking travel.

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