North Sand Hills

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 05/17/2020
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: 04/15 - 12/15
Length: 6.32 miles
Highest Elevation: 8780 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Other Shapes
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Walden
Nearest Town w/ Services: Walden
Official Road Name: 2509
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Kremmling Field Office
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Highlights

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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Waypoints

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

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.877925, -106.232603

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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Trail Reviews (9)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The sand dunes are open and free of snow. Considerable snow is still present in the mountains to the east of the dunes, but the dunes are open. There were quite a few campers, ATVs, and side-by-sides in the area for the weekend. It seems that people are needing to get outdoors.

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Status: Open
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We came here every year when I was a kid with MHJC. We had a sandrail then which was awesome. It's fun no matter what you're in and the place really comes alive at night! Some of the outer trails are now closed but that's okay. Be careful out there and I suggest a whip or having your buddy with a radio scout out the top before you give any big hills a go (to make sure there are no collisions). Beware of skeeters in the spring...they get bad! We took the north way out up by the Wy border and then home through Ft. Collins. That was a lot with the trailers but fun!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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The BLM has implemented an new land use management plan that takes affect in 2018 for the North Sand Hills Recreational Area. The North Sand Hills will now have a seasonal closure from December 15 through April 15 each year. This area is deemed a crucial winter range for big game species that needs protection from motor vehicle use.

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.

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Status: Open
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North Hills Sandunes are always a favorite for us. We go with ATV’s and RZRs. The camping and community is part of the fun. The terrain changes a lot week-to-week and definitely every year depending on the snow fall and weather. It is sandy, noisy, late night, rowdy camping, but people have always been helpful and fairly respectful. We’ve never had anything messed with in camp. There have been a lot of our favorite parts, (ie - trails north of the beach) that have been blocked off recently because of jerks who aren’t being respectful. However, the North Trail is still open and that is a great change from the sand if you are looking for diversity. There are also some cool trails northwest that offer mines and something different.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The unusually dry winter season has dropped very little snow fall in the Rocky Mountains. As a result, many areas are very accessible. The North Sand Hills Recreation Area is one such trail. The snow on the ground ranged from none to about 6 “. The tempeture softened up the snow making traction exceptional. If you have the urge to enjoy a ride in you 4X4, then the North Sand Hills Recreation Area just north of Walden, Colorado could be just for you. Trails Offroad had recently received a report that the sand hill were closed. Today, we found that information to be inaccurate and enjoyed a day in the sandbox.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
What great time of the season to visit the North Sand Hills. Although there have been some recent spring snow storms in the North Park of Colorado, we happened to pick a great day with no snow and great conditions. There were very few visitors to the North Sand Hills this late April day and the lack of congestion made the day exceptional. Grab some friends and some picnic supplies, then enjoy the sandy goodness.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The North Sand Hills is a very popular area for ATV, UTV, and dirt bike riders. I visited on the 4th of July holiday weekend and observed that it was very busy with riders and campers enjoying the beautiful Colorado summer weather. It was difficult for a jeep to explore and enjoy an off-road adventure during the busy weekend because of the sheer number of ATVs and dirt bikes. I noticed many young ATV drivers, pre-teen to early teenage, racing about the sand hills unsupervised. If you are inclined to visit the North Sand Hills during peak times or summer weekends, please use extra caution and watch for others who may not fully understand the inherent hazards associated with off-roading.

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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 Trailsoffroad.com 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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