Sand Canyon Trail

MODERATE 26 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.

7.4 miles
1017 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding





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

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

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Awesome hike with Native American ruins.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

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.