West of Cortez, the Sand Canyon Trail winds through juniper-pinon forest with cool spur trails leading to historic native american sites and cliff dwellings. The trail is located within Mc Elmo Canyon.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead for Sand Canyon Trail from Cortez, head south on US160 to County Road G. Turn right heading west on County Road G for roughly 14 miles. The signed trailhead is on the right.
Overall, Sand Canyon Trail is the 158th most popular mountain bike trail of all 176 mountain biking rides in Colorado.