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Medano Pass

Huerfano County, Colorado

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Medano Pass leads from Highway 69 over to the Sand Dunes National Park. Along the pass are numerous dispersed camping spots, and a number of designated camping spots inside the National Park and Preserve. Only street-legal 4x4 vehicles and licensed dirt bikes are allowed west of the summit.

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Medano Pass

Detailed Description

Unlicensed vehicles are not permitted into the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which begins at the summit of Medano Pass.

How To Get There

From Westcliffe:

Take Hwy 69 south to County Road 559. Take a right and head west. You will enter the San Isabel National Forest at roughly 6.9 miles.

From Walsenburg:

Take Hwy 69 North to County Road 559. Take a left and head west. You will enter the San Isabel National Forest at roughly 6.9 miles.

Trail System Photos

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View on the west side of the Medano Pass trail.
A Jeep among the aspen trees in September on the west side of the Medano Pass trail.
A large group of 4WD vehicles on the west side of the Medano Pass trail.

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Trail System Information

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Nearest City:

Westcliffe

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Note that not all of the trails in an area will be open to all vehicle types. Follow the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)s and signage for the area and ride only on trails open to and wider than your OHV.

Special:

Most routes in this area are open only to licensed, street-legal vehicles. Please refer to the MVUM for designated ATV and dirt bike routes.

Trail System Maps and GPS Files

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MVUM

PSI_SanCarlos_North_2012.pdf

Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)

San Carlos Ranger District - North

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