North Sand Hills

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 12/15/2021
5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: North Sand Hills
This is the only sand dune area in Colorado that you can drive on, and it is FUN. It is unlike any other wheeling experience in Colorado; you won't be crawling, you'll be flying. The large dunes are like being in control of a rollercoaster, and the long trails outside the dune areas have fun banks and whoopdees that you can take at speed. One could spend all day exploring and not see everything.


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1. Entry to Sand Hills ( mi)
A large sign greets you as you enter the North Sand Hill Recreation area and verifies that you are in the right place. This recreational site is managed by the BLM and is open to all types of off-road vehicles. During holiday weekends, the recreation area is crowded with ATV and side-by-sides. The road leading into the sand hills is soft in a few places, but RV's, campers and trucks with trailers can navigate through with little difficulty.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Walden, Colorado

Take CO Hwy 125 north about 10 miles to the little community of Cowdrey. About 1-mile north of Cowdrey, turn east on Jackson County Road 6 and proceed 3 miles to the entrance of the North Sand Hills Recreation Area.



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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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