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Sceptre Location: Access to viewing area of active dunes - first grid road E of Sceptre off Hwy 32, then approximately 22 km S to Great Sandhills. Watch for signs and parking lot.
Hiking Trails
The Great Sandhills of southwestern Saskatchewan are a unique 1,900 sq. km area of active desert-like sand dunes. Native grasses and small clumps of trees such as aspen, willow and sagebrush flank the dune formations. Mule deer and antelope frequent the area. For an overview of the region's natural and human history and to obtain a directional map to the dunes, visit the Great Sandhills Museum in Sceptre (open mid-May to Labour Day weekend) prior to travelling to the dunes.

To access the Great Sandhills from Sceptre, take the grid road on the east side of the village (off Hwy 32) for 9.6 km, follow the curve to the right at the T junction, travel west for 1.6 km, then south for approximately 10 km to the parking lot with interpretive signs. Walk approximately 0.5 km on a narrow sandy trail to the dune formations, climb to the top of a huge sand dune and simply enjoy the view. Windy conditions are common.

The last stretch of road leading to the dunes is privately leased by local ranchers who use the land as summer pasture for their cattle. All fires and camping are prohibited in the Sandhills. Parking is allowed only in designated areas. Please remember to respect the environment; take only pictures, leave only footprints.

Open Year Round

Nearby Attractions

Amenities in Sceptre: accommodation, campground, restaurant and gas. Amenities in Leader (within 45 km): accommodations, camping, restaurants, shopping and gas.

Trail Stats

  • Length : Approximately 1 km loop
  • Difficulty : Beginner to intermediate
  • Surface : Natural sand and grass terrain
  • Environment : Mixed Grassland Ecoregion - active sand dunes, grassland

Trail Activities

  • Walking
  • Birdwatching
  • Driving

Additional Trail Information

  • Backcountry
  • No admission charge
  • Parking at trailhead
  • Interpretive signs at trailhead