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North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Alt Names Sand Dunes, North Sand Dunes, North Sand Hills OHV Area, North Sand Hills SRMA, North Sand Creek, Goverment Creek
Last Known Status Open

This area offers over 300 acres of sand dunes including miles of surrounding trails that weave through aspen and sagebrush, eventually connecting to the Colorado State Forest. There are no fees and primitive camping is permitted. Whip flags are highly recommended but are not required. The North Sand Hills Campground was recently installed in 2011 to accommodate large RVs. The campground has 13 individual pull through sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and tent pad along with two vault toilets.

This is a dune area so we strongly recommend using a Sand Snake or similar for motorcycles, or Sedona Cyclones for ATVs. Failure to use a sand tire can result in unnecessary damage to your motor.

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Nearest City Cowdrey, CO
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From: Walden, CO
1) Take Hwy 125 north about 10 miles
2) Turn right (east) on County Road 6
3) Continue about 3.5 miles
4) Turn right on County Road 6N
5) Proceed about 2 miles
6) Stage anywhere.
Area Trail, Dunes
Land BLM, State Forest State Park
Pros free, camp and stage anywhere
Cons no services
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay 1-2 Days
Permit Required Yes Colorado OHV Sticker
Dates Open Year-Round (snow may limit access in winter)
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB) (1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required Safety Flags Recommended
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted CO OHV Registration or CO issued Non-Resident Permit Required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Bicycles No Restriction Not Recommended
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Some Areas (camp in developed sites only)
camping limited to 14 days
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction
Night Riding Yes lighted headlights and taillights required
Cross Country Some Areas open sand area only
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas not recomended (free shooting range in Walden -  (970) 723-4625)
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic law enforcement on site each weekend and periodically assisted by the County Sheriff's office
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
Comment OHV License Plates for non-street legal OHV's issued by other states are not valid in Colorado. License plates for street legal vehicles with a regular state license meeting state requirements are valid and do not require an OHV registration.
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
Contact Info BLM - Kremmling Field Office
2103 E. Park Ave
Kremmling, CO 80459
(970) 724-3000
Contact Info Colorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
Comment Colorado OHV Registration Info
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North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area

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Square Miles 1
Miles Of Trail 10
Climate Type Dune/forest
Elevation 8400 to 8700 ft.
Trail Maintenance Unknown
Loose Dirt This OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This OHV area has almost all sandy areas.All paddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
Mud The OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This OHV area has little rocks.Little
Trees The OHV area has some trees.Some
Steep Hills This OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Small Jumps This OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large Jumps This OHV area has some large jumps.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Roads This BLM land has few roads.Few
Intersections This OHV area has many intersections.Many
Rider Traffic The BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
Shade This BLM land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This OHV area has some hazards.Some (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This OHV area has little expert terrain.Little
Comment rider traffic is moderate to heavy on some weekends, holiday weekends have very high levels of traffic

First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (S) Walden North Park Medical Clinic (970) 723-4255
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SW) 11 Miles to town of Walden
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (SW) 11 Miles to town of Walden
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (SW) 11 Miles to town of Walden
RV Hookups RV Hookup 20-30 Miles (SE) KOA-North Park (970) 723-4733
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SW) Hansen Park/Walden
Primitive Camping Campground On Site
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SW) 11 Miles to town of Walden
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (SE) Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Day Use Area (970) 498-7000
Body of Water Water Body On Site North Sand Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (W) Boettcher Lake

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