North Sand Dunes Road

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 09/26/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.55 miles
Highest Elevation: 9920 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Walden
Nearest Town w/ Services: Walden
Official Road Name: 882
Management Agency: Routt National Forest
District: Parks Ranger District


Highlight: North Sand Dunes Road
The North Sand Dunes Road is one of the many enjoyable 4WD trails in the Walden, CO area. The trail offers some great views of the North Park valley and the sandy dunes below. The area is popular with OHV and 4X4 enthusiasts alike. The road climbs from the valley floor into the Route National Forest. Although the beginning can be intimidating because of the openness during the assent, the route is easily navigated by a stock equipped 4x4 vehicle. Both experienced and novice off-roaders will enjoy this ride.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins along the north edge of the BLM recreation site North Sand Hills. The trail is not marked and is difficult to find without carefully watching the GPS track. Once at the entrance to the North Sand Hills, look off to the North and watch for the red colored trails going up the hillside. This is where the North Sand Dunes Road leaves the valley.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Walden, Colorado

Take CO Highway 125 north about 5 miles to mile marker 63.5. Turn east on Jackson County Road 6E and proceed to the entrance of the North Sand Hills Recreation Area.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Any recommendation on this trail for dispersed camp spots, maybe by approximate mileage? I'm guessing when the trail flattens out after 3.1 miles there might be camps spots there. Or is there anywhere good to camp in the sand dunes still with trees around? Thanks!
–Dan Wise (08/15/2019)
–Tim Palmer (08/18/2019)

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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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