The Montville Nature Trail provides a nice little stroll located on the opposite side of the sand dune parking lot on the main park road. At just over a mile this nature trail is right for just about any hiker. The trail goes through a forested area for most of the trail which makes it great for a summer afternoon when finding shade is a good thing to do. Eventually the trail will open up providing sweeping views of the sand dunes.
The Montville Nature Trail is also the starting point for the Mosca Pass trail which is a good place for some backcountry camping. Check out the park website by clicking here for more information. The start of the trail follows Mosca Creek and crosses it twice, and there is possibly a chance to see wildlife though I did not on my hike. This is black bear country so be bear aware and the sign on the trailhead said that bears frequent the area. Eventually the trail will lead to a slight incline where it will open up and provide some nice views of the dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
I enjoyed the trail because it provided something a little different from the rest of the time I spent at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Since I did not have a 4-wheel drive vehicle when I was there the park is rather limited to the dunes area. The Montville Nature Trail is a nice little trail that is great for young children to have a walkabout.
Montville Nature Trail
1.25 mile RT
Easy Level Trail
Around 30 minutes to complete
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