The North Sand Hills WSA includes a Cold Climate Eolian sand deposit, forming active dunes. Two large active parabolic dunes are present with small, internal dunes migrating up the windward slopes. Several archaeological sites are located near the dunes. Vegetation around the dunes is mostly sagebrush and rabbitbrush, intermixed with stands of aspen. East of the active sand dunes is lodgepole pine forest. Fauna includes deer, elk and black bear. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting and photography.

Visitation Information

The North Sand Hills ISA is located in Jackson County, approximately 11 miles northeast of Walden. From Walden: travel north on Highway 125. About one mile after Cowdrey, turn right onto County Road 6E. Turn right onto BLM road #2509 to access the dunes.

Visitor Advisory

The dunes are open to OHV riding, but vegetated areas are closed to motorized use.

Total Area: 791 acres

Elevation Range: ~8,420 to ~9,200 feet

BLM Field Office: Kremmling

Designated: 1976 (Instant Study Area)