North Sand Dunes Road

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 09/26/2020
5 / 5 ( 1 review )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.7 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
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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

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.878167, -106.213906

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.



Trail Reviews (8)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
The Mullen Fire near Fox Park, WY more than doubled in size today to over 80k acres. This prompted forest closures along the Colorado / Wyoming border.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was nice and saw only a few other users while we were on it. No other vehicles just OHVs using the trail. Beautiful views near the top and a fun ride.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
The trail to Waypoint 5 is in the sun and free of snow for the most part. The rest of the trail is still heavily burdened with considerable snow. It will be a while before this one opens.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Mother Nature's mountain showers have helped the USFS contain the Badger Creek fire allowing for the trails is this area to open for regular use. Enjoy the forest responsibility, remember that fire danger remains high.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
The US Forest Service has closed all road around the area of Old Roach. The closure is because of the Badger Creek fire burning just north of the Wyoming / Colorado State line near Mountain Home, Wyoming. The area will remain closed until the fire is brought under control. Closed trails include: Hohnholz Lakes Road, North Sand Dunes Road, North Sand Hills, and Mendenhall.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was fully open and enjoyable. Recommend sunscreen!!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
Offroaded on:
Trail is still impassable by snow between waypoints 5 and 6. We made it though the first drift but only barely. The off camber snow made it a little sketchy but there was enough road exposed to get the outside tires on something solid. Still a fun trail with some incredible views across the valley to the mountains covered in snow.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is the way to spend Black Friday, no crowds. After a day of playing at the North Sand Hills, I headed home via the North Sand Dunes Road. The area was snow covered, but because the steep climbs up North Sand Dunes Road are exposed to the sun, they were passable. The snow covered route near the shelf part of the road frayed nerves a bit. This is probably the last weekend for 2016 for this route. As I got into the forest where the snow was not exposed to the sun, the snow depth ranged from 4-8”. The only other tracks through the snow were from the deer and elk. Up to 12” of new snow is expected in this first week of December. It was a good end of the season run for this trail.

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)

Writer Information

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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