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Sand Pit Trail

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Another great trail with access to the Sand Pit Picnic Area and Medano Creek.


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0.6

Miles

0.9

KM

Point to Point

8,364' 2,549 m

High

8,223' 2,506 m

Low

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Up

141' 43 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

The Sand Pit Trail can be accessed from the Point of No Return parking lot for those with a vehicle that they don't mind taking up the beginning of Medano Pass Road. Or for those with a low-clearance vehicle, you can hike up Sand Ramp Trail where this trail will branch off to the left at just over one mile.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Some pinon pine but mostly grasses, shrubs, and cacti such as rabbitbrush, prickly pear, and yucca. Depending on the time of year, you will may see Prairie sunflowers which are common in late summer in the park's grasslands, and also grow on the dunes themselves.

Elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, rabbits, coyotes, kangaroo rats, bullsnakes, short-horned lizards, and a variety of birds such as hawks and vesper sparrows.

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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point of no return
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO
On the trail to Medano Creek.
Feb 17, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Views of Medano creek from the Sand Pit Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Long solitude.
Feb 17, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Brush along the Sand Pit Trail to Medano Creek.
Feb 17, 2016 near Crestone, CO

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Feb 27, 2021
Liz Rogers
0.6mi
Aug 10, 2020
Tom Herr
Sandy hike to northern dunes. Got lost, but easy to find your way. 1.2mi
May 14, 2018
Gosia Lieske
Back on the road 1.2mi — 0h 47m
Oct 9, 2016
Denise Gilbert
Aug 31, 2016
Michael Andrew
Aug 13, 2003
Ben Boulanger