Spirit Sands & Devil's Punch Bowl

EASY 10 reviews

Spirit Sands & Devil's Punch Bowl is a 13.2 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Glenboro-South Cypress, Manitoba, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.2 km
187 m

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


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1 month ago

Very nice hike. Did it in 3.5 hrs with a 15 minute lunch break in there. Definitely would do the Spirits first and then the Devil's Punch Bowl because the Spirits has a fair amount of steep incline in sand, to the point where I would not want to imagine doing it after already hiking 11km. Make sure you have a parking pass for the grounds, they're $5 for a day.

1 month ago

beautiful trail!!

2 months ago

Beautiful and very unique part of the province! Did the entire hike to the Dunes and the Punchbowl in about 3 hours. This included the 1.6 km Oasis spur trail, which I thought was really cool but it's kind of hilly and the entire trail is sand, which makes it a bit more difficult. Very little shade and it's like walking through a desert, so if it's hot outside, bring lots of water!

3 months ago

Gorgeous - very unique ecosystem- fab walk

11 months ago

took my family there for a picnic and went to the devils punch bowl. very fun trail sand is a challenge but all good

Saturday, June 04, 2016

From the sand dunes reminiscent of the Sahara to the wet oasis of Devil's Punch Bowl - this hike offers a diversity rarely seen in one round trip. Starting in the sandy area, one has the chance to spot rare vegetation and animals, such as hognose snakes or pincushion cactus. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained - stay on the trail, though, since apparently, the army used to test mines in this region way back, and going off-trail is not recommended. You get to the river bank of the Assiniboine and hike some forested and desert-like landscapes. The highlights are Devil's Punch Bowl (a greenish oasis - bring bug spray!) and the Spirit Sands dunes, always shifting in the wind. There is water available on the trail to replenish your water bottles. I wouldn't attempt this hike in spring, since the Assiniboine often floods then, and the access roads will be cut off. I hiked it in early summer, so I have no experience for winter hiking here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014