Sand Canyon Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Sand Canyon Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cortez, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

views

wildlife

rocky

washed out

Beautiful trail. Not much elevation gain so it’s a fairly moderate hike. Be sure to take the quick side shoots (white triangles) that get you close to some ruins and view points.

hiking
20 days ago

Took about 4 hours to do out and back, great weather and the trail was deserted.

1 month ago

**this hike is actually 6 miles OUT and 6 miles BACK. So a total of about 12 miles.

We started at about 11:30 and ended at about 4:30. The only really moderate part of the hike is about 0.5-1 mile of switchbacks. Other than this section of the trail, it was fairly easy. The views were amazing! You get to see so many historical sites in the cliffs up close. We went in the beginning of November and it still got pretty hot because of the direct sun exposure, so bring lots of water! :)

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

It was hot so we started early. Used a crossover trail to get to East Rock Canyon Trail going back. More than a dozen ruins, at least 8 in good condition. One of the best hikes ever for quality and concentration.
If you like Hovenweep or Chaco you will LOVE this placeGot some great photos for our FB Ruins and rock art website. We will be going back as soon as it cools down

trail running
5 months ago

This was the coolest trail run I've ever done (I'm from Texas with out cool scenery though). Great views, cool ruins that you can get within feet of at times, and excellent runability. It got hot very quick, so ran out of water and turned around at mile 4.5. Take the short jaunts off the oath, so worth it! Only dislike is following the path back on the large rock...got a bit disoriented.

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hiking
8 months ago

Nice because you can make it any length you want & still see several dwellings along the way

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hiking
10 months ago

Great trail close to town . Please do not carve your name or date into the ruins ..... Show history respect !

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