Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Facilities

You may hike on the dunes 24 hours a day. A free permit from the Visitor Center is needed if you plan to camp on the dunes at night. NPS/Scott Hansen Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In winter, the Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except for federal holidays, when the building is closed. The Visitor Center has longer hours in spring, summer and fall; call ahead at 719-378-6395 for specific Visitor Center information and hours for the time of your visit. In 2013, summer hours for the Visitor Center begin May 26; hours are 8:30-6 daily.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.