The Great Sandhills

The Great Sandhills are a unique phenomenon to this area of Southwest Saskatchewan.

The large mass of sand and dunes cover 1,900 square kilometres and are subject to very strong winds, creating an ever-changing landscape. Some of the dunes stand 15 to 20 metres high, and cover several hectares of land.

The Sandhills are fringed by small clumps of trees such as aspen and birch, and are home to native grasses, abundant wildlife, and the rare Ord’s Kangaroo Rat.

The Great Sandhills are used to pasture up to 16,000 head of cattle during a 7 month grazing period. The area also hosts widespread oil and gas exploration.

Thousands of people come to see, photograph and climb the dunes each year. There is nothing like the feel of the soft smooth sand between your toes as you explore the banks of the Great Sandhills!

  • When visiting the Great Sandhills, there is off-road parking within walking distance of the dunes.
  • NO FIRES and NO SMOKING of any kind are allowed because of the risk of wildfires.
  • Visiting the Great Sandhills is a privilege: please respect the laws as posted.


  1. Josh
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Hey I was just wondering if there is allowed dirt biking anywhere. Please get back to me soon as possible. Email me at

    • GSM
      Posted June 5, 2016 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      There is no quading, dirt biking, or driving off the roads, only hiking is allowed.

  2. Tasha Olivieri
    Posted June 29, 2016 at 5:05 pm | Permalink


    Just wondering if sand boarding is allowed? Or if there is anywhere to rent sandboards?

    • gshs
      Posted February 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      No place to rent sandboards, you would have to bring your own or buy crazy carpet at the museum gift shop.

  3. Marva Goertzen
    Posted November 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Can you access it all year long

    • gshs
      Posted February 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Yes, you can. Unless we gets rain. The roads are gravel out to do the dunes so lots of rain you won’t be able to get to the dunes.

  4. Katherine Postowoi
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Hello there, I was wondering if there are admission fees for just hiking the trails? Also, is this a pet friendly trail? (I would leave my dog on leash of course)

    • gshs
      Posted February 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      No admission to just hike in the sandhills. Dogs are allowed to be with you.