Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve


Pets are permitted in the Preserve (including Mosca Pass Trail) and main use areas of the Park, including

  • Piñon Flats Campground

  • Dunes Overlook Trail

  • along the Medano Pass Primitive Road.

Pets are not permitted in:

  • the backcountry of the dunefield, beyond the first high ridge of dunes

  • off of the Dunes Overlook Trail

  • inside the visitor center

  • north of Castle Creek Picnic Area, except along Medano Pass Primitive Road

  • north of Point of No Return, including Sand Ramp Trail.

For more information about Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve see here.

Before You Go Exploring in the USA

For a discussion on state law regarding cats, see here.

Most locations require pets to be on a leash less than 6 feet long. 

Typically pets are not permitted in public buildings.

National Parks

Unlike Australia, pets are welcome in National Parks in America

Cats are welcome:

  • in developed areas

  • on many trails and campgrounds

  • in some lodging facilities

Cats must be restrained, either on a leash (not exceeding 6 feet in length) or caged/crated.

Pets are not permitted:

  • in public buildings

  • public transport

  • designated swimming beaches

National Forests

Cats are allowed in national forests, but must be kept on leash (less than 6 feet in length) while in developed recreation areas and interpretive trails.

Cats are not permitted in swimming areas.