NORTH SAND HILLS WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
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.
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.
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)