Sand Canyon Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Sand Canyon Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cortez, CO that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.4 miles 787 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding





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2 months ago

4 months ago

I live close by and do this trail fairly often. There are lots of possible combinations with other trails in the same area. Nice views and Anasazi Ruins along the way.

6 months ago

Awesome hike with Native American ruins.

6 months ago

Really neat trail! Parking is a little weird as you have to park on slick rock. Easy/casual access to Native American ruins/dwellings. Easy hike for kids and families, very little elevation gain in the first half or so. This trail is actually more like 6 mi point to point (according to the TH sign). We ended up doing half because incoming weather pushed us out. Great scenic views of mountains and canyon. Probably would not recommend this hike in the dead of summer, it would be an extremely hot hike since sun exposure is intense

2 years ago

This is a great trail for horses nice loop beautiful trail. Parking is a little tight and tricky to find the first time out.

3 years ago

Oh my god this trail is a blast. Everything you could ask for in an out and back. Plus casual access to native ruins. Did an outer out and back on the return which was well worth it. The heat was part of the experience, upper 90's.

3 years ago

A very nice trail, as for any trail in the four corners area there are going to be a lot of artifacts in the area, so be respectful and only take pictures. There are also a number of cliff dwellings as you hike through the canyon as well. I recommend starting on the north end, if you are going to have two cars, take one to the south endlock your car, just to be safe. When you start hiking from Sand Canyon Pueblo this will give you a much better view from the top of the canyon, once you head down canyon enjoy, it is pretty much flat to downhill the rest of the way. I do not recommend hiking this or any trail in the desert southwest in dead of summer, spring and fall, still bring plenty of water, you are pretty much exposed on the entire trail. Well worth it except the parking and not much of a challengejust a cool pueblo hike