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5 Things You Can't Miss at Killpecker Sand Dunes

Killpecker Sand Dunes, encompassing approximately 109,000 acres, stretches 55 miles east from the Green River Basin across the Continental Divide into the Great Divide Basin making it the second largest active sand dune field in the world.

Stay in one of the several hotels in and around Rock Springs for plenty of time to explore the awe-inspiring Killpecker Sand Dunes and all that the area has to offer. To ensure you see all the must-see sights on your visit, we have compiled our list of 5 Things You Can't Miss at the Killpecker Sand Dunes.

1. Ride the Dunes 


Motorsport enthusiasts from across the country have made the dunes a hotspot for ATVing. Bring your dune buggy, dirt bike or ATV to traverse across the 11,000 acres of designated open play space. Novice riders learn the ropes on flatter areas and smaller dunes while the experts show their skills on mammoth dunes that reach 100 feet high. Those wanting to try an off-roading experience can find rentals at Rockin Rollin Rentals & Sales in Rock Springs.

Sand sleds and sandboards are a great way for non-motorists of all ages to enjoy this giant sandbox. You’ll love the adrenaline rush of sledding or surfing down the slopes. It’s similar to going down a snowy hill, but without the cold snow in your face. Buy your own sandboards and sleds to keep at the Explore Rock Springs & Green River Visitor Center in Rock Springs or get a rental at Rockin Rollin Rentals & Sales for an afternoon of adventure.

2. View the Wild Horses 

Wild horses can still be seen in this area today, thriving on the grasses of the Red Desert. These wild horses are descendants of horses brought to the New World by the Spanish in the 16th century.

Visit the Leucite Hills, within the Killpecker Sand Dunes, to view the wild horses still running free today.  The rough and rocky terrain and numerous springs of fresh water located in the Leucite Hills make it perfectly suited for wild horses, and is a great spot to see their beauty.  Listen for the sounds of hooves galloping across the sand and look for manes flying in the air at the dunes.

3. Hike 

On foot, discover the land where ancient volcanoes once spewed hot lava and where prehistoric and early historic Native Americans once lived. Many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking in this breathtaking area. The dunes encompass 109,000 total acres, leaving plenty of space for you to explore. Hike to and around the dunes including North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, Black Rock, Spring Butte and the Leucite Hills.

4. See the Elk Herd 

The area around the Killpecker Sand Dune Field is home to a herd of rare desert elk, found nowhere else in North America. Come see these rare creatures in their natural habitat.  

5. Visit Boar’s Tusk

Boar's Tusk, the core of an ancient volcano, rises straight out of the ground and guards the sand dunes. Standing 400 feet high, it is a striking feature in the middle of the desert and a prominent landmark on the Overland Emigrant Trail. Along with Devil's Tower in Northeast Wyoming, it's one of only two such geological features in the state, and this natural attraction is not one to miss.

To get to Boar’s Tusk, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Boar’s Tusk is a popular spot for photographers looking for the perfect snapshot. Come see one of Wyoming’s most prominent and striking geological features.

Disclaimer: This is a true off-the-grid experience where cell service is limited. Make sure you have extra water and a high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle with thick tires (and a spare tire) to traverse the dirt roads. Let someone know where you are headed and when you plan to return.