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Colored Sands

Colored Sands is a 303.9-acre preserve that contains a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve, the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and a restored sand prairie. The Nature Preserve in the southern third protects several unique habitats and harbors several Illinois endangered and threatened plant and animal species. The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding facilities in the country. Hiking trails provide access to the preserve and to the river for fishing.

Acres: 303.9
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pay Phones: No
Picnic Tables: 10
Shelterhouses: 0
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 2.8
Campground Sites: 0
Boat Launches: 0
Canoe Access: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: Yes
Special Facilities: Bird Banding Station
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.

Location

10602 Haas Road, Durand, IL 61024
Colored Sands is on Haas Road, west of Boswell Road, north of Yale Bridge Road, east of the Sugar River.