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Technical up top and sandy down below; Sand Dunes is a full tour of the Arkansas Hills.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Singletrack

7,826' 2,385 m

High

7,064' 2,153 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

762' 232 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

Sand Dunes starts high up on Rd 173 and begins with a challenging descent. It's not quite as difficult as Uncle Natzy but still includes a few moves with serious consequences.

The trail then transitions to following the drainage, sometimes riding directly in it. Below Backbone the route is pretty sandy interrupted by some quick moves over rock climbs.

The end of Sand Dunes rolls out to intersect with Frontside.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by Marcel S and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 22 votes

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  4.5 from 22 votes
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Trail Rankings

#201

in Colorado

#736

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Photos

Lil Rattler makes an easy and fun connection between Frontside and Backbone trails.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
Evening ride in Salida.
Jul 20, 2016 near Salida, CO
Descending the upper part of Sand Dunes
Mar 31, 2019 near Salida, CO
Lower section of the Hooligan trail
Jun 5, 2018 near Salida, CO
Mid winter ride on Backbone trail, S mountain, Salida.
Feb 3, 2016 near Salida, CO
On Tenderfoot.
Jul 21, 2016 near Salida, CO

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Jul 2, 2023
Timmy Kessel
10 yr anniversary trip
May 7, 2023
Patrick Burns
Janky up high. Fast down low but seriously hectic with sniper rocks everywhere.
Jul 26, 2021
Noli E
Aug 22, 2020
Trent R
Fun sand. Quick exit
Jul 14, 2019
Tony Eret
Jul 7, 2019
jahoffman00 Hoffman
Jun 2, 2019
Thomas Pyke
Jun 1, 2019
Thomas Pyke
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