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North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Sand Dunes, North Sand Dunes, North Sand Hills OHV Area, North Sand Hills SRMA, North Sand Creek, Goverment Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

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 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 engine.

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Nearest CityCowdrey, 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.


AreaTrail, Dunes
LandBLM, State Forest State Park


Prosfree, camp and stage anywhere
Consno services
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round (snow may limit access in winter)
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot RequiredSafety Flags Recommended
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCO OHV Registration or CO issued Non-Resident Permit Required
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
camping limited to 14 days
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYeslighted headlights and taillights required
Cross CountrySome Areasopen sand area only
AlcoholNo Restriction
FirearmsSome Areasnot recomended (free shooting range in Walden -  (970) 723-4625)
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodiclaw enforcement on site each weekend and periodically assisted by the County Sheriff's office
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
CommentOHV 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.




Contact InfoBLM - Kremmling Field Office
2103 E. Park Ave
Kremmling, CO 80459
(970) 724-3000
Contact InfoColorado Parks And Wildlife - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
CommentColorado OHV Registration Info


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North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area

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Approx Size1,400 acres (2 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeDune/forest
Elevation8400 to 8700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis OHV area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe OHV area has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis OHV area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe OHV area has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe OHV area has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis OHV area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe OHV area has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis OHV area has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis OHV area has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis OHV area has some large jumps.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
RoadsThis BLM land has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis OHV area has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis BLM land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis OHV area has some hazards.Some(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis OHV area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis OHV area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis OHV area has little expert terrain.Little
Commentrider traffic is moderate to heavy on some weekends, holiday weekends have very high levels of traffic


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (S)Walden North Park Medical Clinic (970) 723-4255
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SW)11 Miles to town of Walden
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SW)11 Miles to town of Walden
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)11 Miles to town of Walden
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SE)KOA-North Park (970) 723-4733
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Hansen Park/Walden
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)11 Miles to town of Walden
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (SE)Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Day Use Area (970) 498-7000
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteNorth Sand Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (W)Boettcher Lake
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