Dunes Among Diversity The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!
This is a great way for one to knock off his/her first 14er. The information on this page is incorrect, as the access to the original trailhead is now blocked to traffic. Starting from the current trailhead (requires 4 WD access) is closer to 16 mi. round trip. Once you get off the dirt road, it's a beautiful hike through aspen forest, above the tree line through alpine lakes, and then the ascent to the summit.
Absolutely worth the trip. Beautiful views and good fishing. Lower Sand Creek Lake is nestled right next to Tijeras Peak.You will also see Music Mtn, Milwaukee Peak and Marble Mtn near the two lakes. Upper Sand Creek Lake is a further .7 miles. The Upper lake hike has less of a ridge to climb but is further in distance. Again offers breathtaking scenery in addition to great fishing. Encountered others on the trail as they were headed back to the lot early in the am. Otherwise had the entire two lakes to ourselves.