North Sand Hills

5/5 (12 reviews)
Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)
Last Updated: 12/15/2021
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Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (12 reviews)
Tim Palmer
Official Crew
38850
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/15/2021

Its time for this trail's seasonal closure. Please look forward to this trail as part of your adventure in 2022.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/28/2021

Quiet weekend before Labor Day. Plenty of room to roam without worrying about what others were doing. Open dunes were fun but loved cruising around the trail system just as much. The kids LOVED playing in the sand!
Trail Review: North Sand Hills - Tanner Mitchell
Tim Palmer
Official Crew
38850
Status: Open
Visited: 04/25/2021

The North Sand Hills are finally open. The Mountaineers, a Fort Collins, CO 4 x 4 club, took to the hills for their April club trip. The area was nearly empty of visitors so the group had unencumbered access to the freshly wind-blown sand. There were only a few patches of snow anywhere to be found and the sand in perfect shape to test out a driver's ability to climb sandy hills. It was a bit breezy with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees so not yet topless weather. Although ATVs can fill the area during the summer, none were to be found this weekend.
Trail Review: North Sand Hills - Tim Palmer
Trail Review: North Sand Hills - Tim Palmer
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Tim Palmer
Official Crew
38850
Status: Open
Visited: 05/17/2020

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.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/15/2019

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!
Trail Review: North Sand Hills - Grant L
Trail Review: North Sand Hills - Grant L
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