Sand Canyon Trail

MODERATE 29 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
1017 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

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
4 months ago

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

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hiking
6 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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Monday, August 15, 2016

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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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.

hiking
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