Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

The most pet friendly park we have yet visited is Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado.

Great Sand Dune National Park and Preserve

Pets are permitted in all the developed areas and the most commonly used areas which includes the dune field but only as far as the ridge of the High Dune.  Even with that restriction it is a large amount of area and Selar enjoyed being allowed to play in the sand.  Be aware that the temperatures of the sand can get extremely hot in the summer, we did all of our walking around late in the day or just after dawn.  We also took her to the ranger talk in the evening at the campground.  She barked at the appropriate audience participation time and we were thanked by one of the rangers who had recently lost his Dane for bringing her.  Some of the ranger talks at parks do not allow dogs so be sure to check first and this may vary from ranger to ranger as well.

Selar at Great Sand Dune National Park and Preserve

The park created a helpful flyer specifically for pets which includes a map on where they are and are not allowed.  I have attached it here.

About Jenny

Wandering photographer and balloon pilot with a Great Dane and a trailer. Trying to create happier and healthier lives for Great Danes and their humans. Happy dog, happy life!
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