Sand Pit Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -141' -43 m
High: 8,364' 2,549 m
Low: 8,223' 2,506 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“Another great trail with access to the Sand Pit Picnic Area and Medano Creek.”— Kristen Arendt
The trail passes through scrubby rabbitbrush, pinon pine, shrubs and cactus, and the vegetation gets more sparse as you get closer to Medano Creek and the dunes. Medano Pass Road wraps back around to the Sand Pit Picnic Area which is a small pullout. Just past this picnic area, the trail continues on a short jaunt down to Medano Creek.
Elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, rabbits, coyotes, kangaroo rats, bullsnakes, short-horned lizards, and a variety of birds such as hawks and vesper sparrows.
Local Club: Friends of the Dunes