Dunes Overlook Sand Ramp Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Dunes Overlook Sand Ramp Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

1.5 miles
265 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

Going over the pass allows for free entrance into the park. It is best to go in August or September as the streams of that pass are not overflowing, and the weather allows for more time on the dunes and decreased sand temperature.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Took the 4WD road to the Sand Ramp trailhead, parked, backpacked to Little Medano backcountry campsite (0.7 miles, uphill, in the sand). There is a drought, so Little Medano Creek was dry, which was a shame; we ended up going back to the road and carrying water back. We set up camp and then hiked just past Aspen and back with lighter gear. As others mentioned, there seems to be a lot of unnecessary winding, but the views are beautiful. I'm surprised people rate this trail so low, but maybe it's the time of year that you go? We had a great overnight, and then packed up and hiked the dunes on Day 2.

Monday, June 26, 2017

nice place...... wear shoes if you plan to hike the dunes..... the sand is hot........gets super packed in summer.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Long sandy hike. Beautiful views.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lessor trail in the park. Doable by most. Gets you to the creek. and edge of the dunes. Have done it several times when visiting with different groups

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice that the creek crosses midway. Kids did well, dogs paws hurt on the return.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gorgeous views, the trail does a lot of unnecessary winding and is very sandy. Although the dunes are pretty from the trail, my trip got a hundred times better once I moved into the dune field and began backpacking through the dunes, even camping in the center of the dune field. It's hard work, but the experience is far more memorable and unique. I highly recommend that rather than the trail. Come in spring or early summer before it gets crazy busy or crazy hot, and the streams are still flowing

Thursday, April 21, 2016

As another reviewer pointed out, this trail is very sandy, so it was a lot more difficult than I expected. I camped at the Little Medano primitive site. From Point of No Return, it was 4 miles in. It took me at least 3 hours each way with a full pack because of the sand, hills, and heavy pack. Give yourself plenty of time if you have to set up campl. There are great views of the dunes and the valley until you pass Indian Grove. Then it's hills and trees. Both Medano and Little Medano were flowing, so there was a water supply when I went. I got a weak cell signal (Verizon) and there is a 4WD road that runs mostly paralel to the trail. It's far enough that you don't know it's there, but close enough that rangers can get to you if you get hurt. One party per primitive site, so if you want to get a permit (free), you should probably get there early. The ranger will tell you if the creeks are flowing.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Great views of the Dunes right from the trail. Trail head not too hard to find if you go through the campground.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Surreal. Amazing. End of May. Weather was perfect. It did get cold and windy at night. Plan for everything weather wise as it is colorado. We camped at Aspen backcountry site and found our way back off trail the next day.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Also - forgot to mention - no cell phone service (AT&T) on this trail.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Backpacked from the main campground to the Little Medano Creek back country site - about 5 miles, one way. The trail was much more sandy than I had anticipated. It's not quite hiking in the dunes, but it's not hiking on a hard packed trail either. There was little elevation gain until I crossed Medano road and ascended to the back country site, which was well situated. Nice views of the dunes and not much shade. Be prepared for sun, and/or wind (with accompanying sand).

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