Frequently Asked Questions, Information, and Tips:
Here is some information to make your visit more enjoyable. You will have a wonderful time visiting our beach. More information and beach etiquette is available throughout our website www.gunnisonbeach.org
Beach parking permits are sold, per car, at the entrance, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Beach Parking fees are $10 per car/per day. A season pass may also be purchased for $50. Visitors, who are handicapped or over age 62, may get the ˝ price discount with proof of age and a Golden Pass, available at the visitor’s Center.
Weekdays are much less crowded than weekends; however the crowd is very different during the week. There are mostly singles or couples on weekdays, as most of the members of the larger groups, like FoG work during the week. Monday and Tuesday are the quietest days. The volleyball net is always up.
Sandy Hook is a National Park and therefore, camping or overnight parking is not permitted. The park is open from dawn to dusk. The park is a carry in carry out facility. Click here for some nearby accommodations
Please stay out of the protected dunes. Bathrooms and showers are located at the pavilion area near the entrance to the beach. No nudity is allowed there. Weekdays, you should arrive by 10 am to secure a parking space. There is room for RV’s to park in the lot; however, you should try to arrive very early to get a double spot.
On weekends, you should plan to arrive no later than 9 am. The parking lot fills up rather quickly and usually closes by 9:30-10 am on the weekend. Rangers usually direct you to the next available parking area and you may end up having to walk to Gunnison Beach. The entire park may be filled to capacity by 11 am. By 2 pm the park usually re-opens.
Please plan to bring enough food and drink for yourselves for the day. There is a snack bar with limited refreshments (hot dogs, soda, water, and beer) located at the beach entrance and on the beach, however they charge a lot for refreshments. NO GLASS is allowed in the park and the rangers do issue fines for that. Alcohol is permitted in cans.
The walk onto the beach from the parking lot is about ˝ mile, so you should wear sneakers and socks to avoid broken shells/glass and hot, hot sand. Don’t try to go barefoot because you will burn your feet. Once you arrive at the nude area, you are free to disrobe. Please do not go beyond the “Attention Signs” unless you are clothed. No floatation devices such as tubes, rafts or surfboards are allowed at the beach.